Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ekphrasis Update

Hey Gang,  I was right, all of this was posted, but it was posted on GO Studio. (I told you after I uploaded it, but if it's not here on OUR blog, it seems unfair.)  Equally unfair would be to have you read a whole book during the busiest part of your semester. This plan works better, I think.
Also, some of you are being much more diligent students than others. Please don't mistake my kindness and real affection for the class with lenience or unfairness to your peers who are working very hard and are prompt and present and on time. Leave me with a good impression.

Anyway, here we are, complete with our reading assignments, until the end. 

Week Eleven
T Completion of Red Shoes. Presentation of Cornell Boxes, writing assignment.
H  Cornell boxes/shrines completed
Writing Assignment: Write a letter-form response to one of the boxes that is not yours. Use interesting literary moves like metaphors, similes, alliteration, serious imagery, etc. Lots of sensory detail so that it is more like a piece of literature than an informative letter. This letter should be from either your imaginary artist to the piece or the artist that you are writing to or it can be from "you" if using your artist proves too many layers of difficulty. This will be due on Thursday of next week. (Along with bringing your books to class

Week Twelve
April 1-April 5
T  Discussion
Homework: look through the upcoming essays and make a note of some that interest you. Thursday will be spent in group work deciding which ones we should read as homework and which your groups will present in ten minute presentations (artwork can be shown, other things can be brought in.)  If you like an essay/artist, be ready to advocate for it in your groups. By class end, we’ll be assigned homework by you and that will be our reading for Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
Homework: Presentation essay readings from Poets and Painters.  On the day of your presentation, EACH group member needs to bring in a short explanation that includes:  The name of the essay that your group covered. Names of each member of your group. An honest description of the division of labor within your groups. I will not tell anyone what is said on these sheets but need to know if equal labor occurred in order to be fair in my grading. PLEASE DO NOT NEGLECT TO DO THESE AND BRING THEM IN TO BE TURNED IN TO ME AFTER YOUR PRESENTATION.

Make sure you read all of the essays assigned to you from the other groups. 

Week Thirteen
April 8-12
H   “    “     “
 Homework: Come up with a way that you will spread some poetry over campus. We'll discuss these on Tuesday and Thursday will be spent outside and in various buildings, etc. doing just that. 
Week Fourteen
April 15-19
T   Guerilla Poetry and Art

Week Fifteen
April 22-26
T  Movie and "Scores" Project coming up. 

Week Sixteen
April 29-May 3
T   TBA (possible “Scores” project)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


 Tuesday 03.25 Week Eleven: 

March 25-March 29
T  Beginning the Beats discussion
H  Beats discussion continued
Homework (TO BE TURNED IN, TYPED, ON TIME) on Thursday of next week.In addition to the poem/prose piece, please write a 200 word minimum note with it that discusses what type of poem it is and which techniques from the Beat poets inform your poem.

And your READING (to be discussed on Tuesday and Thursday of the following week).
The New York School of Poetry 2639-2650  All of O’Hara and Ashbery including the biographical portion at the beginning.

Week Twelve
April 1-April 5
T Discussion New York School.
H    Continued NY school discussion.  Also, your Rant or “Howl” is due and DON'T FORGET THE 200 word note to go with it. I will not accept them separately this time.   
Reading assignment:  Chapter 19 from The Autobiography of Malcom X, p. 2628, Letter from a Birmingham Jail by MLK and The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick

Week Thirteen
April 8-12
T  King, Ozick, X discussion
H     “  “   “continued.
Homework:    Choose ONE of the following assignments.   This will be due on Tuesday of next week.
Option A: Write a letter back from the present to moment to one of these figures.   It must be a minimum of 350 words and should be typed, proofread and edited.

Option B: Compare and contrast the writings of MLK and Malcolm X. What kinds of techniques do they use? What differs or is similar in literary style?  This is your chance to show off some of those literary terms you’ve learned, too.   Again, this must be typed, proofread, edited and at least 350 words.
Reading Homework:  All of the Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath selections and biographical materials in the book. 2833-2846.  Additionally,  Robert Lowell 2505-2511  Be prepared to discuss the idea of the confessional and how it operates in their work. 
Week Fourteen
April 15-19
T MLK/Malcolm X assignment due.   Beginning discussion on the Confessionalist Poets.
H  Confessionalism continued.
Homework:  Please make sure that you have designed your pill bottles and have them ready to be returned to class for our poetry pharmacy event.
Week Fifteen
April 22-26
H   TBA 
Homework: Using any form of art that you would like, create a  response or reply to one or more of the works by The Confessionalist writers that we’ve been studying.

Week Sixteen
April 29-May 3
T   Ekphrastic/Artistic Response to The Confessionalists due.
H Last Day of Class! Enjoy your summer.

Happy Birthday Robert Frost

"Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with."  


This is a really exciting opportunity. Please consider participating.
Last semester the CCAD Honors Program created a pop-up store in the Beaton Gallery called ONE.  Created as a curated shopping experience in one store, for one day, offering only one chance for the public to acquire unique works, the students in the course created tremendous anticipation and the store was wildly successful.
ONE was so successful that it’s happening again – this semester’s project, being run through a CCAD Special Topics Retail Course taught by Marcia Tabler, is focused on the branding, designing and merchandising to launch another pop-up store called FORTHMADE at Easton Town Center, a premium mixed-use shopping district located in northeast Columbus, on Saturday, May 4th.
While the course features students from six different majors, as a pop-up store FORTHMADE is intent on showcasing select work from all majors at CCAD.  The goal is to have 1000 pieces of CCAD student art in the store!  The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29th, 2013.  If you’re interested, fill out the application (attached) and email it to

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ekphrasis Thursday

After roll is taken, go to any gallery or the museum here on campus and find a piece that your imaginary artist reacts strongly to in one sense or another and take notes towards a journal entry by your imaginary artist in which s/he reacts to the piece by adjusting something in his or her own work, an upcoming piece or a portion of the shrine. In any case, take notes, draw sketches, pose questions as if you are your artist seeing this piece  and having it shape or impact some creative problem or idea.

What is due is two-three (minimum) journal pages that work with and engage in the work of the artist and your artist.

Monday, March 4, 2013

National Poetry Month is Just Around the Corner

and I would love to have all of us reminding the world of that.

Here are some concepts to consider:

The Poetry Dress  (what does it mean to you as a phrase? What kinds of ideas does it begin?)

This article:

Decorating every elevator with poetry. Be guerrilla artists and writers. Make poems and short passages of beautiful writing happen all around us.