Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Things to Cover Tonight

Next week, Tuesday, May 30th, 615 lecture, 730 reading

  • Weathered Pages Debrief

  • Small Groups

  • Responses to the book

  • Reading itself
  • Lynn Martin Preview

  • We will need to be ready.

  • What makes this special.

  • What makes the book special.

  • What do you think of the book?

  • Pick a poem, now

  • Loss/Grief in poetry

  • From last week—Grimes, Howell, Me, Pier, Moore, A. Byerrum, T. Martin,

  • Why so much?

  • “Like all the best poets, Stroud makes the earth again consolable.”

  • What do you reach for at 4 am?

  • What did we reach for on 9/11?
Stroud’s blurb for Jenifer Lawrence:
what strikes me most in her work is how elegy turns from grief, to wonder, to praise. Theodore Roethke says, "In a dark time the eye begins to see."
In this book, Jenifer Browne Lawrence demonstrates how the creative act, the poem itself, not only helps us to see, but is a way of illuminating the world and transforming the self.

  • “Lynn Martin brings the gifts of one who has lost so much.”

  • “There, face to face with the most terrifying state of not knowing, they expand outward to the farthest rim of affirmation—where the blue bowl holds everything.”

Options for Elegy:
  • First/Most recent experience with death.

  • Object that used to belong to someone who is no longer alive.

  • My examples

  • Dresser

  • Hats

  • Keely Murphy

  • Write a letter to someone who is dead. In it, make a confession.

  • Who are your dead? Have them meet in a poem.

  • Whenever I look at __________, I am reminded that I’ll be gone too, one of these days.

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