Category: modernism

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ModPoPLUS: new poems & videos added to week 3

NEW IN THE WEEK 3 ModPoPLUS SYLLABUS: read Ezra Pound’s “The River-Merchant’s Wife”: LINK TO TEXT watch discussion of Pound’s “The River-Merchant’s Wife”: LINK TO VIDEO [OFFSITE COPY] read Joseph Massey’s “Polar Low”: LINK TO TEXT watch discussion with Joseph Massey about “Polar Low”: LINK TO VIDEO [OFFSITE COPY] read...

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ModPo 2017—week 3 begins

We are now in week 3 of ModPo ’17! We are now in week 3 of ModPo ’17. Here we turn to “chapter 2,” the rise of modernism. As usual, we strongly recommend the following process: (1) read a poem, (2) watch a video of us discussing the poem, (3)...

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New to ModPo: Tracie Morris responds to Gertrude Stein

New to ModPo for fall ’17—a video discussion of Tracie Morris’s “Enclosed,” one of her poems in response to Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons.” Tracie Morris herself joined us for this discussion. Here’s the link to the video inside the ModPo site: https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo/resources/vmyjg — For access to this & all ModPo...

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Sylvia Beach on boots in a time of Nazi anti-modernism (yes, not “books” but “boots”)

In a 1960 issue of Kenyon Review I came across a transcript of a conversation moderated by the literary historian of modernism, Jackson Mathews, with Sylvia Beach, proprietor of the famous Parisian modernist bookstore, Shakespeare & Company—haven for expatriate and local avant-gardists. She’s remembering what happened when a Nazi soldier...

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Walter Benjamin’s arcades project & contemporary art

We went to the Jewish Museum to see the marvelous exhibit of contemporary art & poetry made in response to — and/or influenced by — Walter Benjamin’s remarkable Arcades Project. The show was partly curated by Kenneth Goldsmith, who arranged collaged texts and quotations to accompany each element of the...

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Tracie Morris responds to Gertrude Stein

Tracie Morris reads her poem “Enclosed,” written in response to Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons” at an event in celebration of poet Billy Joe Harris’s 75th birthday in Brooklyn, NY on March 11, 2017. We are adding this poem to the ModPoPLUS syllabus in the Stein section of chapter 2.3 (week...