Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday's Prompt--Balloons

1. There were lost balloons in his/her/your/Agatha's/Wednesday's/winter's/ eyes.

2. "Let what rises live with what descends..."

3. Something about balloons

4. Use the name of a flower, five colors, a kind of cloud and a type of knot or stitch.

5. The sun/moon rose like a lost balloon.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Tuesday April 27: Plath video. Opening discussion.
Be sure to be able to discuss why the Beat movment is thus-named and how the Confessionalists enact their confessions variously. Consider the Sharon Olds' poem, Sex Without Love and how it "confesses" similarly. (SEE BELOW)

Thursday April 29: Beats, Confessionalists

Tues. May 4 Confessionalists continued (including Olds)

Thurs. May 6
Final Projects due on May 6. Be ready to present.

Sex Without Love
by Sharon Olds

How do they do it, the ones who make love
without love? Beautiful as dancers,
gliding over each other like ice-skaters
over the ice, fingers hooked
inside each other's bodies, faces
red as steak, wine, wet as the
children at birth whose mothers are going to
give them away. How do they come to the
come to the come to the God come to the
still waters, and not love
the one who came there with them, light
rising slowly as steam off their joined
skin? These are the true religious,
the purists, the pros, the ones who will not
accept a false Messiah, love the
priest instead of the God. They do not
mistake the lover for their own pleasure,
they are like great runners: they know they are alone
with the road surface, the cold, the wind,
the fit of their shoes, their over-all cardio-
vascular health--just factors, like the partner
in the bed, and not the truth, which is the
single body alone in the universe
against its own best time.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Contemporary Literature

Please read all of the Anne Sexton & Sylvia Plath selections, as well as the introductory materials in your book.

There is a very good chance that I will have a quiz at the beginning of class, so be prepared. If you have read the work the quiz will be easy.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Contemporary Lit.

Final Project: Looking to the poets, writers and movements up ahead I would like to see you each do a response to be presented the first week of May and in any genre.

A warning: you must plan ahead, must present on the day these are due and I will not accept anything late or excuses on this project. It is important that you do this, on time and thoughtfully. Talk to me about

Excellent Poetry Reading Opportunity Tonight!

Mark Doty

Tuesday, 4/20, 8 pm Riley Auditorium, Batelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Matthew Guenette's reading on Monday is required. Please plan to attend.
11-12:30 Monday, April 19, Canzani Auditorium

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Contemporary Lit final weeks

Tuesday 04/12 Voices and Visions Frost (have to plug him in before the others mentioned.)

Homework: Read Robert Frost,
read: Design, Directive, After Apple-Picking, For Once, Then Something, Birches, The Road Not Taken,

Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks for next time.
read the bio. information on WCW here:

Red Wheelbarrow:
This is Just to Say:

Thursday 04/14 Frost discussion, Williams and Bishop.

Homework: Read Carolyn Forche's The Colonel (your book)

Monday, April 12, 2010


Contemporary Lit. Students, please be sure that you have completed the assignment (some form of public engagement with poetry and a photo or emailed description to me of where and how).

This was your assignment for last week and we discussed it in class.

We will be looking at Williams, Frost and diving into the Beat and Confessionalist crowds over the next two weeks. For now, be sure you have completed your installations and let me know.

Fiction Workshops you are beginning your new cycle of workshops. All Group Ones should be distributing and ready to workshop this week.