Author Archives: Madeline Cahill

A Reference to Bernstein

As I spent this past week unscrambling the complexity of the poem assigned to our presentation group, I began to reflect on Bernstein. In previous class discussion I positioned myself on the side of uncertainty  regarding the importance of resistance … Continue reading

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Stand Up and Slam, a New Evolution?

After seeing Robbie Q. Telfer and Tim Stafford’s duet on campus earlier in April, I realized that I had perceived slam poetry as a genre of poetry filled with indignation, sorrow, anger. I thought that humor, if present, was for … Continue reading

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The Ways of Hicok

The poem “Happy Anniversary March 16th 2006” that we read as a class, chilled me with its honesty and its biting satirical observation of war, and society.  As I read the rest of Hicok’s collection in The New American Poetry … Continue reading

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A Question That Lingers

It was a true privilege to be able to meet Austin Smith in person, he’s honesty and grounding is noteworthy, and his work is unbelievably beautiful.  There is one point I’d like to unravel from the interview we held with … Continue reading

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Balance (Interview Question)

I found an interview in which two poets, Kim Addonizio, and Michael Cirelli, discussed their latest works, and implored about each other’s styles. One comment that inspired an important question for Austin Smith, was found in Addonizio’s response to her … Continue reading

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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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Permanence

I found a poem that I have to share. It is eerie, unsettling, and is an explicit example of leaping poetry. Rage                                     … Continue reading

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A Bitter End

Monday, we went over “Bitterness” by Virgil Suarez, and how his memory, the power it has what it creates, and its complexity of control is evoked through the turn from his father slaughtering horses to him violently raping his mother. … Continue reading

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Earth

I was looking for inspiration for this week’s post, and I decided to flip through one of the books we have yet to explore. Inside, I found such a simple poem so confounding. Earth If you respect the dead and … Continue reading

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Rap, The Modern Vocal Poetry

I am not an avid fan of Rap or Hip-hop, I only listen to it on occasion. However, I think that often this genre of music is underrated, and perhaps misunderstood. Recurring subjects of prostitution, drugs, money, and gang violence … Continue reading

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