Mis-Guide

by Samuel and Devon

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Monument

Smithsonian taught me that they’re all old and feeble

But this statue shows me that they are still people

Everywhere I turn “Je me souviens”

How do we act so indifferently?

Conscious of my dry sneakers

Let me see your pitchforks

No, wait! Postpone

I might be misinterpreting

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G Lounge/CJLO

Long live the idols

Scratch that may they be your rivals

Voice of power right across the hall

“Above all else we stand for men”

When I read this, I think comedians

As you take a closer look

These people are no joke

Voice of power might believe their oath

Influence can be homicidal

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Dorms

Our French friendly Foucault said it the best

Take a gander at the History of Sexuality

Are we in total control?

Control of thought to turn our desires of flesh into the root of all evil

Look inside and you will find

That there is still a veil

Is this so scandalous to tell everything?

Or is it merely a call for reaction to transform what is forbidden into desirable?

Only the one living it can be opinionated on it

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Phone booth

Stuck in these four glass walls

Don’t feel claustrophobic

Let your thoughts and emotions guide your actions

Phone a friend to tell them the enemy is coming

Perhaps this method is overrated

A more logical way is to call to shop around for the best priced market

If all else fails make an appointment to bounce off a few new ideas

This space is only as productive as you make it

Don’t feel intimidated

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Library

Out dated

Watch you stroll past it

I remain calm

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2 comments

  1. We thought that Devon and Sam’s mis-guide was really engaging in terms of how it forced us think about and to search for explanations of few terms employed in the poems. For instance, the first poem talks about “the Smithsonian”; we actually had to go look for this word on the Internet in order to understand the idea behind its use. We realized that the relationship between the text and the image was important within their mis-guide; thus we believe that they succeeded to create a complementarity between them. Their mis-guide also forced us to engage not only with the space around us but also with socio-cultural forces in place on the campus. Although no concepts were implicitly addressed, we arrived at the conclusion that these ideas were indirectly brought up: heritage, cultural assimilation, colonialism, power structure, and control. Thus their work offered us an alternative way to think about different spaces at Loyola that are embodying important concepts. The poem that we liked the most was the one on CJLO, addressing power relationships among the media industry, because it relates to our field of study and we are therefore better equipped to think about this issue/concept.

    We believe that one of the ways to make this project even more engaging and attractive would be to find an appropriate title for it. Also, we thought that by creating an interactive space where it would be possible to discuss about these visited spaces and poems – since we probably all have different interpretations of them – would definitely bring this mis-guide to the next level. Finally, maybe it would be worth a try to compose images that does not require any text, or texts that does not need any image to be interpreted, as a way to force people to engage even more with the surroundings of the campus.

    The overall was great!

    Nice job guys! 

    By Sarah Bibeau and Ana Patricia Bourgeois

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