Friday, January 24, 2014

UPDATE: 24 JAN 2014

For next class session, please read Catherine Wing's Gin & Bleach (Sarabande Books, 2012) and be prepared to discuss the collection.

Additionally, you will need to turn in a hard-copy of a typed, two-page, double-space response to the book. Your response essay should engage Wing's book using one of the critical articles, essays, or chapters we've read so far this semester. To do so, please look at how writers such as Stephen Burt, James Longenbach, or Elisa Gabbert critically engage with a poem. Think of their writing as a model for how you can approach Wing's book. Ultimately, you'll want to provide a close reading of one of two poems in the collection that are emblematic of Gin & Bleach's broader concerns or aesthetic traits.

In addition to being two-pages, double-spaced and typed, your responses should be in 12-point Times New Roman font with standard one inch margins. You name should appear in the top, right-hand corner and the essay should be formatted according to MLA-stlye guidelines. To this end, you should be properly quoting  both Wing's book and at least one of the articles.

By Wednesday at 4pm, everyone should email three questions that they would like to ask Wing after her reading. These questions should engage her poems and the critical readings directly; moreover, they should be formed in such a manner that they will prompt extended discussion, not just "Yes" or "No" answers. I will read over your questions and provide feedback for how they can be improved. You will be expected to ask all the poets questions after their readings.

On Thursday, instead of having a regular class session, Catherine Wing will be reading. I will provide more information regarding the reading in Tuesday's class session.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

UPDATE: 22 JAN 2014

For tomorrow's class session, please read the Elisa Gabbert essay, titled "The Moves: Common Maneuvers in Contemporary Poetry," as well as the second excerpt from James Longenbach's The Resistance to Poetry (i.e. Chapter IV: Song and Story).

As with the previous reading assignments, please come prepared for a short quiz at the beginning of class and a discussion of the texts. 

Both essays can be found on Blackboard.