Wednesday, January 29, 2014


I have sent all of you an email, but to avoid any confusion, please note that I am sick today and our class will be cancelled.  I will see all of you on Monday. Please read Robert Frost  here. The biographical materials (the essay that serves as an overview to his life and works) as well as the following poems: Out Out.       After Apple Picking,     Acquainted with the Night,   Birches,   Design,     Home Burial.    Mowing,  Stopping By Woods,      The Oven Bird,  The Road Not Taken.

Read them carefully and we'll go over them class.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

ADV. CW Homework

1. Remember to read and comment on the workshop pieces, inclusive of your 200 word min. letter to the writer.
2. If you're in the second group for workshop, be sure to have your pieces ready and 11 copies for distribution.

Our in-class writing assignment (shown in full below) should be typed in to your computer and added to through  instructions #5 & 6.

cicada wing 
sycamore bark
dragon/star fruit or pineapple
down comforter or quilt
old radio
1. describe the object without looking it up or doing research
2. Have an existing/cube character engage with the object in a scene
3. Using some aspect of the object in name or design, name a business (bar, hotel, shop, barbershop, café, etc.) and stage a scene in there using a character and one character off the cube.
3. Doing some research, include a fact or two in a scene that is not directly related to the object.
4. Write a scene.  Have the object change in some way in the course of a scene.

Contemporary Literature Homework Addendum

Hey Everyone,

For Monday, please have a typed 200 word minimum write-up about the poem you selected, as well as the title, website and poet's name. (You could also just print it up and attach it.)

For the 200 words, you can talk about form, content, literary moves (rhyme, meter, metaphor, etc.) and what it was that made the poem intriguing to you.

Make sure you proofread for grammar and typographical accuracy.

See you soon!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Contemporary Literature Homework

From the list of the following online journals, I would like you to find a poem that you find effective or moving in some way.  Come to class prepared to turn in the title of the poem and where it's located. I'll select from them randomly and we'll discuss them.

The Diagram

                 Poetry Daily

                                                                       VERSE DAILY

* Note that on many of these, the archives link will get you many more options from which to make your selection.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Contemporary Lit Books First Come, First Served Announcement

Hi there,

I am about to put the word out to all my former CL students for selling their books.

One of them already offered hers for $20.  (Remember you wouldn't have shipping costs.)

If you're interested email me and I'll have you meet her and pick it up.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

All Contemporary Lit. Students

I am hearing that you're trying to buy books from the bookstore.

They will be $60. that way.

I am wondering why you wouldn't try to order from Amazon?  Let's discuss this further tomorrow, but I think that Barnes & Noble or Amazon or one of those types of stores (online) are you best, most economical options.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Austin Burnside is gathering work for a show


Deadline: 01/20

Gallery:  Byers (DSB)
Feb. 1- Feb. 8th