Author Archives: Jessica Allhands

Paper 2

While I was doing my second paper for the class, I realized that it was a lot like my first paper in the sense that they both talked about allusions. Although my second paper focused on just one allusion and … Continue reading

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Robbie Q. and Tim Stafford Reading

I went to the poetry reading on Thursday, and a lot of things about the performance surprised me (in good ways). For one, I didn’t expect them to work off of each other as much as they did. Robbie would … Continue reading

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Bernstein’s Post

I did the third question for the homework, and I completely disagree with Bernstein. I think that in order for a poem to be engaged, it does not mean that it has to be difficult to understand or complex. Granted, … Continue reading

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Austin Smith Interview

Having Austin come to class was a great learning experience for me. The way he conducted himself really surprised me, because the last poet that I saw in person (although she was nice) kind of exuded the typical dark, artsy, … 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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Contemporary American Poets

Sierra DeMulder is by far my favorite poet. She came to Wesleyan to perform last year, and she was very cool as a person as well. I think this poem captures what Contemporary American Poetry is turning into. She addresses … Continue reading

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Jokes and Poetry

In class when we talked about jokes and poetry being pretty similar, it got me thinking about riddles and puns and how they are, essentially, little poems. Evens some of the short jokes can be considered “poems” to some people … Continue reading

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Sharon Olds

I tried to find a happy poem by Sharon Olds, but all of her poetry seems to have something about it that is dark and disturbing. I found this poem, called The Clasp by Sharon Olds: She was four, he … Continue reading

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More on Billy Collins

After I read all of Billy Collins’ poems in the book, I looked up more on YouTube and found some performances of his poem Litany. I really like the first one because even though the performer is really young, it’s … Continue reading

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