Erasure and Revision Exercise: “Dear ________”

Students in my online, 24PearlStreet “Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure and Revision” course explored erasure as a political and social justice act and then completed “Dear       ,” an erasive poetry exercise, last week after reading the following assignments: “The Near Transitive Properties of the Political and Poetical: Erasure” by Solmaz Sharif. […]

Craft of Poetry Writing Exercise: “Look It Up”

In this writing exercise inspired by Solmaz Sharif’s Look, students will explore using found language in order to create compelling dramatic situations. Writing Exercise: “Look It Up” Select 4–5 words from Solmaz Sharif’s poems in Look. (These could be the DOD terms in small caps or her language.) Look up each of these words in […]

Spring 2017 ENG 2030 Craft of Poetry Required Texts

The following information is taken directly from my Spring 2017 ENG 2030 Craft of Poetry Syllabus. ENG 2030 Craft of Poetry Required Texts and Materials Girmay, Aracelis. Black Maria. BOA Editions, 2016. ISBN: 978-1942683025. Johnson, Jenny. In Full Velvet. Sarabande Books, 2017. ISBN: 978-1941411377. Levin, Dana. Banana Palace. Copper Canyon Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1556595059. Rankine, […]

Presentation & Handouts for Lecture: “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters”

On Wednesday, November 16, I gave the lecture “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters” at Rutherford Hall in Allamuchy, New Jersey. Here are the materials for that talk: Slide Presentation: “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters” Handout for Audience Discussion This talk also transformed into my November 2016 blog post for Ploughshares, “Truth & Dread: […]