Category: poetics

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ModPo thoughts of spring

Below is the text of a message I have sent to all ModPo people through the ModPo site. If you don’t currently have access to the site, please simply enroll or re-enroll here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo Greetings from Philadelphia, and from the quaint 1851 cottage called “the Kelly Writers House”! Spring has finally...

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ENGL 589 — Fall 2018 — Modern & Contemporary U.S. Poetry: Poetics & Pedagogy

English 589 – Modern & Contemporary U.S. Poetry: Poetics & Pedagogy Fall 2018 — Mondays 3-6 PM Arts Café, Kelly Writers House This survey of experimental modern and contemporary U.S. poetry will be taught collaboratively,* and its primary mode will be interactive and iterative. This will be simultaneously a course...

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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...