Author Archives: Kristen Woodside

“Poem of Disconnected Parts”

When reading “Poem of Disconnected Parts” by Robert Pinsky for homework, a line that stuck out to me was, “I support the War, says the comic, it’s just the Troops / I’m against: can’t stand those Young People” (17-18). I am … Continue reading

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Allusion to Judith Allnatt?

I am working on my paper, and specifically looking at Bob Hicok’s “Happy Anniversary.” I found what may be an allusion that I completely missed. When he wrote about “the moon fields” in line 19, I assumed it was a … Continue reading

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Trying to write an engaged poem

I was trying to write an engaged poem for my paper/ project, and found out, it is really hard to do! Whether or not I actually decide to continue working on a poem, I did some research to try and … Continue reading

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Frank Bidart

As I have been trying to better understand poetry of engagement, and looking up different poets, I found some work from Frank Bidart. He wrote “To the Rebublic” in The New American Poetry of Engagement, but he has also written multiple … Continue reading

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Reflection on Interview with Austin Smith

I think the thing that most struck me about our interview with Austin Smith was his understanding of his poems as separate entities that, at some point in time, no longer really belong to him. I particularly enjoyed that he … Continue reading

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Stolen Interview Question

In an interview with poet Kay Ryan, Sarah Fay asks, “Did your opinion of your work change as you became more successful?” Here, I have revised this question for Austin Smith: “As Almanac has become successful, what does it do … Continue reading

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Paul Vermeersch’s Argument Against Slam Poetry

I was interested to look up arguments against slam poetry after Monday’s class session. This is one I found. It is a blog post by Paul Vermeersch: http://www.paulvermeersch.ca/2008/05/rant-why-i-hate-spoken-word-poetry.html Basically, Paul argues that slam poets write poor poetry and then use … Continue reading

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The Lines Between Poetry Genres

Do you think genres of contemporary American poetry can overlap? As I was looking for slam poems, I found this one: America (It’s Gotta be the Cheese) Everybody writes about America And everybody paints America Because from Jasper Johns to … Continue reading

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Suárez’s Ability to Control Memory in “Bitterness”

Our discussion today about the poet’s control over memory got me thinking a lot about Virgil Suárez’s commentary in Contemporary American Poetry. He talks about reworking the past through poetry. To me, when I first read this commentary, I thought Suárez was … Continue reading

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Teaching Poetry

I’m not sure if there are other education people in the class, but I’m an elementary ed major, so the topic of teaching poetry has  been really intriguing to me. I was looking around trying to find ideas, and found … Continue reading

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