CRW 2001: REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK (3/1) #calendar
Last week in class we experimented with collage poems that follow this structure:
-Description of an object (5 lines)
-The impressions you have of a memory or dream (5 lines)
-A connection between the two or a reflection about them (2 lines)
If you have not posted your poem on the shared document yet, please do so as soon as possible. (Link at the bottom of this message.)
Before you get back to writing, read the following chapter from “Bird by Bird,” which reminds us that, especially in the case of poetry, being open to whatever comes is important. Don’t force it; don’t overthink it. Take off your filters and allow your ideas and emotions come out. The chapter is called “Perfectionism,” 28-32. Perfectionism at the beginning of the creative process, of course, is what you’re trying to avoid.
Then read this poem by Mary Oliver and look for the collage effect. She takes something very common, especially to those of us with tropical roots—a mango—and sees something much bigger in the object. Write a reflection about how Oliver’s collage works and what it made you reflect on or feel. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse/147/6#!/20600645
For next week, your goal is to write two more collage poems. The first one should follow the process below (very similear to what we did in class) although you can make adjustments if you like.
-First take about 10-15 minutes to freewrite in your notebook about a current event, something in the news that you find interesting or important. Be as descriptive as possible.
-Then take about 10-15 minutes to write about a vivid childhood memory. Don’t worry about attempting to connect anything before you write. Just write! Again, be as descriptive as possible.
-As we did in class, review each of these freewritings and highlight the most vivid, interesting lines. Start paying attention to potential connections now.
-Piece together 5 lines about the event, 5 about the memory, and 2 that attempt to connect them or reflect on them. Remember this is a collage, so although we want some kind of overlap or connection between the images, the connection doesn’t have to be direct, clear or obvious.
The second poem is a chance to create your own collage. Mix any elements you want in whatever structure. The only requirement is that it be at least 10 lines long.
Post both poems under your name in the document. Make sure each has a title.https://docs.google.com/document/d/16dVjYvCgEe6-RAEAS9TXCaK-oqHEqpUaH8wUMZ6fHoc/edit
Finally, take some time read what people are posting. Respond to at least 1 poem that each person has posted before our next class. As always, post under the piece and include your name.
NOTE: Another reminder that you should be editing your stories and getting close to completing them. You should also be working on a 2-paragraph reflection on what you learned from the feedback process and what changes you made. You'll be submitting first draft, final draft and your reflection in your portfolio toward the end of the semester.
Also, the literary magazine Urbana is looking for stories. As you finish your drafts, please consider submitting them for publication. I'd like to look at a couple of stories Urbana accepts so that we can work on final revisions and copy editing as a class.