Monthly Archives: February 2014

Confessions About a Father from His Son

We ended class Wednesday, reviewing different types of poems, leaping, stand-up, slam, and confessional. The excitement that Professor Theune felt about certain poems being read-aloud reminded me of my own excitement when I come across an exquisite, powerful poem. For … Continue reading

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Poetic Individuality

When doing my project paper I understood that there were many different ways in which one could express how they interpret a poem. As a result, I expressed my interpretation of Sharon Olds “I Go Back to may 1937” musically … Continue reading

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Slam Poetry

I found this brief history and definition of slam poetry at poets.org: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5672 It talks about how recent of a birth slam poetry had and how it was more “well received among young poets and poets of diverse backgrounds as … Continue reading

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Does style intrigue increased attentiveness?

While going back over all of our assigned readings in preparation of the upcoming exam it appeared to me the numerous amount of styles that each poet exhibits. If you aren’t already aware a poem or poets style can be … Continue reading

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I was reading an article in the LA times (http://articles.latimes.com/1997/jul/27/local/me-16847) about slam poetry and there was a brief section in the middle that talked about the genre’s criticism that I found pretty interesting “But the genre has drawn criticism from … Continue reading

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Slam Poetry with Kick the Heart

So, I was originally going to do the two essays (not going to now, but that’s besides the point) and I was looking at some of the poetry on the list for the essay question about redefining poetry. One in … Continue reading

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Slam Poetry

After our class slam, I started to think about slam poetry more and what actually constitutes as slam. I never thought that a children’s poem could be considered a slam poem, but after seeing some of them performed, I felt … Continue reading

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Pearls: The Voice of a Child

As I was preparing for the exam, I re-encountered the poem “Pearls”, and was once again astounded by the beautiful use of language of the poet. In the poem Pearls, the poet Lee Ann Roripaugh illustrates a strong voice of … Continue reading

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“Rigged Game”

I wanted to share the poem I had prepared for the slam this week. The poem is called “Rigged Game” and it’s by Dylan Garity. I think it’s a really good example of the drama and passion that slam poems … Continue reading

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TED talk by Billy Collins

I was watching TED talks on Netflix this weekend and just happened to come across one by Billy Collins. I thought that the things he talked about related perfectly to some of the things we have been talking about in … Continue reading

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