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I Heart Gwendolyn Brooks. Like Mad.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

But do note this change in our schedule for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22:

Brooks: “The Anniad” (37-49); “the children of the poor” #s 1 (52), 2 (53), 3 (53); Ginsberg short writing due.  Bring your anthologies to return to poets from Monday.

 

The Bishop Challenge

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Give us a decent sestina.  You must follow the designated word pattern and will impress us if you can also maintain a regularish meter.  A few cheating hints: choose your six words and, on a page, put them in at the ends of the lines where they must appear so you can visualize it.  Choose at least one word that is flexible—e.g., may be used as a noun or a verb or has several definitions (break), or has homophones (to, two, too).

The Rules:

Each end word is represented here by a number.  In six full stanzas, words at ends of lines must follow this order:

Stanza 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Stanza 2: 6, 1, 5, 2, 4, 3

Stanza 3: 3, 6, 4, 1, 2, 5

Stanza 4: 5, 3, 2, 6, 1, 4

Stanza 5: 4, 5, 1, 3, 6, 2

Stanza 6: 2, 4, 6, 5, 3, 1

Stanza 7 (envoy): 2—5, 4—3, 6—1 (three lines, first word is internal and second at line’s end.  For our purposes, if you get all six words into your envoy, any order is okay.)

Bilbo Baggins Has Exquisite Literary Taste; or, Why I Had a Hard Time Doing My Reading Last Night

Friday, January 25th, 2013

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