Author Archives: Lisa Elleson

Line Breaks and Structure of “Guantanamo”

After researching “Guantanamo” by Jorie Graham for my group project, I became really interested in the subject and some of the issues of accountability that she brings up throughout the poem. Something I think is worth discussing more is the … Continue reading

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More on Sharon Olds’ “September, 2001”

I know we’ve already talked a lot about this poem and how engaged it is or isn’t, but our discussion got me thinking about it in a completely different way than I was before. I kept going back and forth … Continue reading

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Sharon Olds’ “September, 2001”

When I first went to read Sharon Old’s’ poem, “September, 2001,” I was expecting it to be a lot more “engaging” than it actually was. The title gave me the impression that it was going to be more about September … Continue reading

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Larry Levis and Austin Smith

After getting a better insight into Austin Smith’s background and hearing about how Larry Levis is one of the poets who inspires him, I wanted to do some more research on Larry Levis. This helped me find some strong connections … Continue reading

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Interview Question

I found this interview with Sharon Olds and I thought a few of the questions would apply to Austin Smith with a bit of editing. Some of the questions Olds is asked bring out interesting answers in her so if … 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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“If You Knew” by Ellen Bass

I found this poem by Ellen Bass that is a really great example of leaping poetry. The first few stanzas ask the reader to think about what they would do differently if they knew that every person they were going … Continue reading

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Humor in Poetry

This weeks discussion about humor and poetry really got me thinking about how humor can play a role in all poems depending on who is reading them. This is especially true when it comes to poems being read aloud. A … Continue reading

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Sharon Olds

Our discussion about Sharon Olds this week made me even more interested in her poems, especially the confessional aspect of them. It seems like each of her poems tells us a little more about her life and each time we … Continue reading

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Sharon Olds and her relationship with her father

One of the poems that really stuck with me this week was “I Go Back to May 1937” by Sharon Olds. I thought it was really interesting how Olds presented her parents in a way that children don’t usually do. … Continue reading

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