Black Mountain Poets

October 17, 2010

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the honesty of prose

October 17, 2010

I think it’s interesting that Pineda finds it easier to write nonfiction poetry than nonfiction prose, since one can disguise the situation/one’s deepest feelings more easily in the short lines of image-focused poetry. He stressed to us how long it took him to write his memoir, how hard it was for him to become honest enough with himself to tell his story straight (especially without seeming too self-centered when it finally did come spilling out). He talked about how he takes pains to avoid the possessive in his poetry.

Does poetry or prose come more naturally to you? Why?

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Abandoned poetry

October 15, 2010

During Pineda’s visit he quoted someone as saying that a poem is never finished, it’s only abandoned.  That struck me as extremely sad, and irresponsible, too.  I think all poets can sense when the poem they’re writing is completed.  But this quote increased my sense of responsibility.  How do we really know if a poem has been given all possible chances to speak, to explore itself?  What if we abandon it before it has grown all its limbs and organs, and can live on its own?  If we too quickly withdraw the creative force that is calling the poem into being, we leave it half-formed and its life will be a constant struggle.  We have to be sure we don’t cut the umbilical cord too soon.  All of this was going through my mind when I read the intro to the Plath collection, in which Hughes says, “…she brought every piece she worked on to some final form acceptable to her…”

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Volta

October 14, 2010

So, for reference, here is a more complete definition of a volta.

That being said, here are some pictures of the Rottweiler/Lab puppy that Katherine Sullivan and I just got – we named her Volta. 🙂

She’s about seven weeks old now, and she got left at Petsmart (where I work) at about five weeks old, because her mom got bitten by a copperhead.

I hope I’ve given you all a more memorable definition of “volta.” 🙂

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Pineda’s Visit

October 14, 2010

So, actually getting to talk to Jon Pineda was awesome.  It was really cool to hear about some of the things I hadn’t even thought to ask, and to just hear him explain some of the way writing poetry works for him.  For me, listening to him actually read his poems in person was fantastic, and gave a whole new depth to them – especially when he read “My Sister, Who Died Young, Takes Up The Task” – just hearing him read it made me want to go back and read it again.  The anecdotes he shared with us before some of his readings during Thursday Poems were all things that helped me feel like I could understand his poetry better, and helped me feel even more of a connection with his work than I did before.

I don’t remember whether this was discussed in Professor Scanlon’s class, or in Professor Emerson’s class right after it, but it was also really inspiring to know that Pineda has just a regular “nine to five” (as he described it) job working with Verizon – and yet, he has managed to publish three books so far.  I don’t know about everyone else, but it gives me a lot more hope as someone considering writing myself, to know that I don’t necessarily have to go to grad school, or try to make a living off of writing alone, to be successful and one day get published.

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Pumpkin Haiku

October 7, 2010

If I might be permitted to emit a haiku in honor of autumn, my season of inspiration:

Pumpkin Haiku

The voices of crows

scratch across the blackboard sky.

Grinning pumpkins wince.

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Newly Discovered Ted Hughes Poem About Sylvia Plath

October 6, 2010

I just saw this NPR article about a Ted Hughes poem that’s just been found, written about the 3 days leading up to Sylvia Plath’s suicide. Apparently it is being published tomorrow, and excerpts of it have already been read on a BBC program by Jonathan Pryce (there is a video of him reading at the end of the article).

I don’t know about you guys, but it just kind of makes me feel weird. From what I remember about learning about Plath and Hughes (which was in high school, so I’m not sure on the validity of the info), they had a rather tumultuous relationship. This strikes a weird chord with me, but I can’t quite pin point it. Anyone care to enlighten me/share their thoughts?

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Coma

October 6, 2010

Ever since yesterday’s class discussion on Pineda’s poem, “Coma,” I couldn’t help but to come up with my own analysis. Please feel free to shoot me down, I know it is a stretch, but when we were reading it in class and then listened to the audio, I questioned who the actual speaker was.

I believe the speaker is Pineda’s sister herself. Follow me here, the “what if” is significant because she says “What if I told you…” and as we know she can’t tell him anything. The line continues “each time you whispered my name,” which reflects when he whispers to her. His sister goes on to say, “the world on the other side, yours, was the one on fire.” Yes, she is lying in a coma,  but really it is Pineda’s world that is ending as his sits and watches his sister die entering his own coma of grief.

Thoughts?

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formal paper assessment

October 6, 2010

… is now posted on the Formal Paper page so you can see what my feedback rubric will look like.

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“Howl” Movie

October 5, 2010

There has been some discussion on the blog about the upcoming movie, Howl. Honestly, form what I’d seen, I wasn’t too impressed. However, this article by Stanley Fish has changed my mind. Now I’m actually curious to see if I see what Fish does.

And here’s a semi-related article on Franco, seen as an artist, for those of you who are interested.

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