Intro to Poetry Writing: Forms

Some more thoughts on a flexible, achievement-oriented assessment system for an Intro to Poetry class.  For more context on this post, you may first wish to read: Rationale First Group of Assessments: The Basic Stuff The Bookshop Some Other Achievements A few of these items showed up on First Group of Assessments: The Basic Stuff. Forms

Creative Entrepreneurship

I had the chance to teach in a creative entrepreneurship class at UNC-Greensboro on Monday. Visiting students who are putting together business plans for their arts and creative business ideas always thrills me, even though I know that most of the businesses remain just that: ideas. Last year, one of the best ideas was for a small

Thoughts on Imitation

A student asked me to look at an imitation of Walt Whitman for another class this morning, and I began composing thoughts about imitations in my response to her.  Here they are: To my mind, an imitation can take a few forms.  The first is that you can adopt a voice similar to the poet,

Why We Grind, Part One

We Grind to write every day.  When I was an undergraduate, my favorite professor’s syllabus included a plethora of quotes about writing regularly or even daily.  The one that stuck with me is the one that stuck with many of you, too; I see it in a lot of different places. “Write a little every

The reading list grows

My students had their midterm exams today, so I am anxious to see what sunk in and what still needs work. We’ve just finished A. Van Jordan’s M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, though we’ll come back to it toward the end of class, when students begin thinking about how collections of poems work.  Response to the book was terrific…

The Art of Syntax

I began Ellen Bryant Voigt’s The Art of Syntax last night, and though I haven’t yet attempted to apply what I have learned to my readings of poems, I’ve actually found that her translation of some of Robert Jourdain’s thoughts on music (in Music, The Brain, and Ecstasy) had a deep, profound effect on the