Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Trove of Phrases to Incorporate into your Long Poem

Spider Daisy*Hot Red Pepper*Fall Garden Radichio*Annual Pink Begonia*Parade Confetti Fanfair*Quiet Providence Peach*Atlantic Peach Pink*Early Southern Dawn*Hardy Meadow Cranesbill*Petite Frozen Violet*Picturesque Gray Ocean*Meadow Harebell*Extreme Purple Luxury*Navy Night Horizon* Incredible Navy*Suspicious Finch*Summertime Shasta Daisy*Glass Slipper*Water-Colored Eye*Homemade Custard*Lyrical Lemon Grass*Mellow Mustard Gold*Dijon Dance-Slipper*Party Gown*Kingdom's Brazen Gold*Snakeskin Sandal*Metal Petal Gloss*Forgotten Antique Yellow*Awakened Azalea*Swan Lake Mist*Musical Dress Shoes*Pogo Stick*Pixie Stick*African Safari*Canopy Bedspread*Deepest Tangerine Grove*Orange Mondragon*Rhodendron*Ruby Radish Promise Ring*Outdoor Wedding*Brass Band*Fresh Topic Orange*Sugared Melon Crush*Soft Splendid Peach*Garden Light Peach*Mellow Modest Peach*Cloud Formation*Frozen Praline*Essence of Blue*Baby Nubuck*Bluebell Garden*Natural Sundance*Lost at Sea*Blue Raspberry Icee*Fall Harvest Spice*Coriander Weather*Collander*Sorrel*Candied Sweet Potato*Cherished Blue Diamond*Rhinestone Eternity Ring*Crushed Sapphire*Vintage Copper Classic*Limitless Cosmos Blue*Eastern Kimberly Cedar*Deep Heliotrope*Silk Parachute*Trellis Dark Ivy*Courtyard Ground Cover*Emerald Clover*Pine Forest Shade*Satin Hammock*Ravine Rock Moss*Laurel Delancy Green*Lana Turner's Pout*Reflecting Windowpane*MacKenzie Green Ash*See-through Sycamore*Young Budding Green*Western Wild Asparagus*Spring Green Twig*New Palmetto Leaf*Sunset Boulevard*Coney Island Pie-Moon*Greenhouse Basil*Ravenna Olive Grove*Amazing Amazon*Wild Violet Pansy*Nepal Eggplant*Old Thimbleberry Blossom*Thumbelina Bloom*Soft Visibly Violet*Bouquet of Violence*Bruised Knees*Faded Pale Amethyst*Prussian Pasque Flower*Sundrenched White Plum*Light China Aster*Orchid Italina Aster*Dinosaur Kale*Pink & Pretty Petunia*Tunafish Sunrise*Wild Berry Purple*Salmon Spider Lily*Whitest White*Holiday Cozumel Aqua*Secret Locket*Frozen Ice Crystal*Love Bite*Bitter Boy*Garden Urn*Trusted True Blue*Bitter Sour Apple*Brittle Bones*Country Fog*Flaming Red Hot*Ebony Stone Black*Gray Granite*Bermuda Blue*Japanese Windflower*Carnival Harlequin*Holiday Cozumel Aqua*Prickly Pear Green*Bermuda Blue*Deep Heliotrope*Field Day*Seafaring Teal*Charm Bracelet*

finished a very rough first draft of the sestina

one hundred and fifty total lines and in real need of revision. But I did keep my word. Just wanted you all to know. I can't wait to read yours!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Formal Poetry Reading Homework:

Villanelle form
Examples: Read One Art by Elizabeth Bishop and Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas (both have links on the left of the villanelle description on the above link.)


Read all of the examples plus Elizabeth Bishop's Sestina


Read about the varieties of sonnets and at least six examples.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Glossary of Poetic Terms is here. Also, our own Lisa was kind enough to post another link under the comments section in an earlier post. Use whichever works for you and have a wonderful weekend. (Don't forget Frank O'Hara!)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Erasure Link


Writing Poetry
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
KH 207
Sophia Kartsonis

Various online poems. Please have a printout available for days we are discussing them.
Optional: Rhyme’s Reason by John Hollander.
Available online at Amazon for a song.

Course Policy:
Because we are taking a fast train through the subject matter, as summer courses often require, attendance will be crucial. We will be reading a lot and dealing with that reading in class with writing assignments and activities.
You will be afforded one absence for reasons I will not need to know. I do not excuse any absence after that first one and if you accrue two absences (as the course is so short,) I will likely ask that you drop the course.

Tardies: After two you have an absence.

Grades: You will be graded heavily on class participation and attendance: (30%) Your written work will comprise 70% of your total grade. Perfect attendance does not mean that you have that 30% guaranteed. I expect lively discussions and real engagement with the topics. I hate to resort to pop quizzes, but if during discussion it becomes apparent that a few of us have done the reading and the rest are coasting, I will administer a quiz.

The written work will consist of some reading responses, many in-class exercises, and the “letters to the authors” and comments on workshop poems. Please be generous and thoughtful in your assessments and comments on other’s work.

Cell Phones: Please turn them off. Brain surgery can wait.

I am available to conference with you at any time throughout the course. Please contact me in class or through the email address and we can set a time to meet.

M 16 Introduction. Discussion of James Dickey's Falling
Assignment: Your own poem inspired by a news piece or fairytale or myth.
T: 17 Ekphrasis Assignment: Go to museum, select a piece of art and jot down a minimum of 25 concrete words about it. Write a poem using as many of the words as you and assonance, alliteration, consonance, a simile and/or a metaphor.
W: 18 Workshop of News poems.
H 19: Discussion of Auden and your ekphrasis poems.
Homework: Write a poem based on negation. Read Free Verse: Frank O’Hara:
Fun to Browse through online (Poet Among Painters)
In-Class Writing.

F 20: Poetic Terms. Discussion of blank verse and free verse. Voices and Visions Robert Frost. In-Class Writing.
Homework: Bring in some song lyrics that you consider to be a poem or to be poetic. If possible, bring us the means to hear or play the song, as well as access to the lyrics on the page. (You can use the computer and projector so as to save the environment some grief.) Anyway, using your new shiny terms of poetry, talk about how and why this piece strikes you as poetic.
M 23: Discussion of song lyrics and verse. Introduction to Formal Verse.
Homework: Write a sonnet, villanelle or sestina. Bring in enough copies for the class.
T 24 workshop formal poems Possible Hart Crane video.
homework: Begin to think about your long poem. (Two pages or so.)
W 25 Discussion: The Long Poem Hart Crane, Walt Whitman, Eliot Khalil Wilson, Taij Silverman
H 26 Workshop of your long poems.
F 22 Your rewrites are due. A significant rewrite of four of the poems you've done for class.
Two-Day Caesura

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thank you, Omar for this idea.

Here's the painting:

and the poem:
Musee des Beaux Arts
W. H. Auden

About suffering they were never wrong,
The old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position: how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

and a take by William Carlos Williams:

William Carlos Williams

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

Monday, May 16, 2011

Writing Poetry Update for Tuesday


Your course policy is forthcoming, but for now, please note that we will start as per our discussion today, at 9:15. Make sure to bring your poems as we will distribute them for a Wednesday workshop.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Update all lit. classes

Poetry of Witness & Survival: We'll be discussing Fellner's book and reading and be starting Sean Thomas Dougherty tomorrow and reaching into Thursday.

Contemporary Literature: I have a medical appointment to attend at noon and will therefore, be giving you a day off. Please be ready to discuss Fellner's work and reading on Thursday.

ALL STUDENTS IN ATTENDANCE OF STEVE FELLNER'S READING: Thank you--even though you know that there was much to be gained by having been there. (As with most of life...)
I noted your attendance and as it was mandatory, it will be very useful for the upcoming grading for the class. Those of you there and perfect with your questions and engagement, made me feel proud (once again, as always) to have you in my classes. Steve remarked several times at the intelligence and poise of our students here.