Author Archives: Rachel Rotramel

Tim Stafford and poetry for the classroom

For those of you that didn’t attend the poetry slam on Thursday, Tim Stafford talked a little bit about a book he put together of slam poetry that is appropriate for use in the classroom. I found an interview that … Continue reading

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Poetry & Research

On Monday, we talked a lot about poetry from the perspective of individuals that had gone through a particular experience or event. This immediately made me think of a research article that one of our nursing professors (Dr. Kooken) wrote, … Continue reading

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Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”

I dug around and found another pretty recent interview from Austin Smith (October of 2013). The whole things is pretty entertaining, but I decided to do a little research about what he said was his favorite book, James Agee’s Let Us … Continue reading

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Interview Questions

An interview with Dave Matthews that I remember reading from Rolling Stone a little over a year ago asks a couple of questions that I think could be applicable to any artist or writer! The first one that interested me … Continue reading

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TED talk by Billy Collins

I was watching TED talks on Netflix this weekend and just happened to come across one by Billy Collins. I thought that the things he talked about related perfectly to some of the things we have been talking about in … Continue reading

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Jane Hirshfield’s Reading of “For What Binds Us”

Jane Hirshfield’s poem “For What Binds Us” was really beautiful and emotional, it was my favorite of all the poems that we read.  I found a video of her reading it on youtube, and I actually thought that the reading … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “The Cemetery” -Rachel

I really love Elizabeth Spire’s poem “Cemetery Reef.” I always appreciate it when poets manage to tie something from the beginning of a poem into the end, making the reader think about it in a completely new way. Spires does … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Night of the Living, Night of the Dead”–Rachel Rotramel

I just wanted to share some of my thoughts about the Addonizio poem we discussed in class, “Night of the Living, Night of the Dead”. I know a lot of people said that they found the poem funny and humorous, … Continue reading

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“5 Cents a Peek”

The first time I read Sharon Olds’ poem “5 Cents a Peek”, I had no idea what to think of it or how to go about interpreting it!  Upon doing a little research, I found a really interesting short film … Continue reading

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Stephen Dunn

I really enjoyed our discussion of Stephen Dunn’s “Tenderness” in class yesterday, and now that it has had a chance to “sink in” a little more, I have a huge appreciation for the emotional journey that Dunn takes the reader … Continue reading

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