Category: poetics

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ModPo—note of thanks

It’s that time of year. For counting blessings & discerning why we’re grateful. The ModPo team, based here at the Kelly Writers House, makes ModPo (ever expanding, ever further elaborating) available to you as truly a labor of love. Can you tell? We just love doing this, and reaching out...

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ModPo hosts five “SloPo” mini-courses

There are currently FIVE SloPo (or off-season) mini-courses organized and scheduled. Below is a list. The discussions will all, of course, taken place in the ModPo discussion forums. Look under the forum called “SloPo” and then look to the right at the list of subforums there. If you want to see what this...

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Writing through Rae

This week in ModPo hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people are trying their hand at making poems by using our Mesostomatic. You take a poem or any text (e.g. a newspaper article) and “write through” it via the Mesostomatic by providing a spine word or phrase. Zlil used “DREAM” as...

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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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On Caroline Bergvall’s “Say Parsley”

Recently we have added to ModPo (the free open course on modern poetry) materials pertaining to Caroline Bergvall’s “Say Parsley.” Here are the links: read Caroline Bergvall’s “Say Parsley” from her book Fig: LINK TO TEXT & IMAGES watch Bergvall’s video of “Say Parsley”: LINK TO VIDEO (9 mins.) read...

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Philadelphia poet laureate — call for applicants

As a member of the Philadelphia poet laureate governing committee, I’m pleased to pass along the link for those who wish to apply for the position as our city’s laureate: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/poet-laureate/ (You can see that the administration of the laureate program has shifted from the Mayor’s office to that of...

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Video recording of Herman Beavers reading

Video recording of Herman Beavers‘s recent reading from his new book of poems—at Kelly Writers House: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/reruns/watch/215160  I was honored to give the introduction, which included a page or so of a review I’m writing of the book. Save Save

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ModPo goes to London

The ModPo team will travel to London in early October 2017. If you are in or near London, please plan to join us at one or both of two events that will be open to all. The first event will be a webcast on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 in...

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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...