Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"LEAPFROG FIVE:" Five Similes or Metaphors about Five Images

Choose five of the following images and from each, spin off five metaphors or similes:
Example: Cloud(s) are (like) cottonballs, sheep, water, cars, pistols...

Some images you might use: lily, spire, moon, star, sun, fish, hair, eyelash, bruise, bicycle, corduroy, fingernail, grapes, crevice, wood/grain, daffodil, spike, hoods...

Start with the first comparison you can and move into more and more strange imagery from there.

After you write five comparisons for five images, incorporate them into a new scene (for a new story or an existing story).

If you would like, use one of the following prompts or trigger statements to get you going:

1. If it hadn't been for_____________

2. The sky said as much on______________

3. (We, You, I, Matilda, etc.) rode out to________ (looking for, listening to, tasting or smelling) ____________________

For more opening lines, you can use any lines from the poem on the Tupelo Poetry Project. (Google this phrase as I am having difficulty with the link on this Mac.)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sascha Sings Laundry on the Line

Review to be read by the students reading this book for class.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Remember that next Thursday (04/28) your ekphrasis assignment is due (Poetry of Witness and Survival, yours is still due THIS Thursday.) You will be producing a piece of art based on the literature we've been reading.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Don't forget your two index cards of words: One set of five minimum that are UGLY to you and one set of five min. that are ATTRACTIVE to you.

And for the prompts that I discussed in class go to


Thursday, April 7, 2011


I was hoping that the new menus would be up, but for now, here is the most recent.

Contemporary Lit & Fiction Workshop Upcoming Homework

Fiction Workshop:
Make sure you get two index cards and begin to list words on one (5-10 words will do--per card) that are beautiful to you and on the other, words that are ugly. The only rules here are to be respectful. Some words that are hideous are so because they are deeply offensive. Try others. Be legible as we will be swapping these. (DUE THURSDAY APRIL 12)

Contemporary Literature: Read the following poems (all) by Wallace Stevens as well as Sunday Morning.We'll discuss these on Tuesday.