Writing Exercises: “Poem of My Humiliations” and “Admit It”

ENG 326 Writing Poetry: Intermediate University of North Carolina at Greensboro Fall 2017 Note: My intermediate poetry class is wrapping up their discussion of Erika L. Sánchez’s Lessons on Expulsion. All three of these poems appear in the final section of the book, and they model two approaches of the  “function” of a poem. In the […]

Writing Exercise: “Ain’t There One Damn Song That Can Make Me Break Down and Cry?”

ENG 326 Writing Poetry: Intermediate University of North Carolina at Greensboro Fall 2017 8/17 Writing Exercise: “Ain’t There One Damn Song That Can Make Me Break Down and Cry?” Re-examine the lyrics of the favorite song you brought into class, and respond to the following questions in your writing journal: What genre is the song? […]

Writing Exercise: “In Defense of ‘Moist'”

ENG 326 Writing Poetry: Intermediate University of North Carolina at Greensboro Fall 2017 8/15 Writing Exercise: “In Defense of ‘Moist’” Read the poem “In Defense of ‘Moist’” by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and discuss. Recall your favorite or least favorite word from the Introductions handout. If you selected your favorite word, title your poem “Against ‘[the word]’”; […]

Craft of Poetry Writing Exercise: “Exercising It Out”

Students’ Materials Writing journal, with plenty of paper and/or your laptop A previous draft of one of your poems Room Setup Six “stations” will be set up at even intervals around the room, each with its own set of instructions. They will be identified by the following names: Anaphora Heavy Enjambment Sentence Fragment Lack of […]

Craft of Poetry Discussion Exercise: “What Is a Poem? What Is Poetry?”

Note: In this in-class discussion exercise, my ENG 2030 students were able to interrogate the questions “what is poetry?” and “what is a poem?” by looking at different texts, some poetic and some religious and some musical, in order to answer the question. The links to the texts are below the directions. “Sonnet 71” by […]

Craft of Prose Writing Exercise: “The Immaculate Conception of Nohbdy”

In this exercise inspired by Percival Everett’s novel I Am Not Sidney Poitier, and nuanced by Odysseus’s encounter with Polyphemus, my Craft of Prose students created a character with a name that causes confusion, a name that is either a negation or a pun, and then crafted a creation myth about their conception and birth […]