Author Archives: Andrea Kirby

Contemporary Poetry

My idea from this post came from something that Professor Theune said in the library on Monday. He told our group “nobody reads contemporary poetry” and I was really interested by that comment. I typed “Contemporary Poetry” into Google to … Continue reading

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Another example of a personal poem about 9/11

I was intrigued by the question that was asked in class today “If someone else had written this poem would it still have been published”. It made me think, surely there are collections of poems out there written by everyday … Continue reading

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Bob Hicok Interview

I did some more research on Bob Hickok, the author of Happy Anniversary. I found an interview with him on a website that allows people to submit questions. It is an interesting interview with lots of different questions. http://www.smartishpace.com/pqa/bob_hicok/ One … Continue reading

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Ekphrastic Poetry and Austin Smith

Yesterday at the Q&A with Austin someone asked him about his connection to Ekphrastic poetry. I did not know what that was, but I concluded from his answer that it was about art. I looked up the definition as well: An ekphrastic poem … Continue reading

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Interview Question

Here is the link to an interview with Sharon Olds, and the first question immediately caught my eye: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21435 Michael Laskey asks Olds “What is your earliest poetry memory?” Olds recalls a time in Elementary school when she was asked … Continue reading

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More on Forgetfulness

From the moment that I began searching around for a poem at the beginning of my project, I have been drawn to “Forgetfulness”. Even though my project has been turned in, and I have completed my performance, I decided to … Continue reading

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The benefits of memorization

Upon working on memorizing “Forgetfulness” by Billy Collins the past two weeks, I began to wonder what the benefits were of memorization. As kids, we memorize all the time! Numbers, our ABCs, states & capitals, etc. But as we grow … Continue reading

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Poets (Andrea Kirby)

‘A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightening five or six times; a dozen or two dozen times and he is great.’ Randall Jarrell I saw this quote … Continue reading

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Cate Marvin (Andrea Kirby)

I was intrigued by our discussion today about what type of poet we thought someone was. We all read the same poems, yet came up with so many different words to describe the author. I was inspired by today’s discussion … Continue reading

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What is a Haiku? and other poetry types.

I may or may not have been the only person, but in class on Monday when it was brought up, I did not know what a haiku was.  I had heard the term before, but I did not know the … Continue reading

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