Monday, November 6th

Announcement 1: Please send me an email with you first three choices for the Lit Journal Exploration Project! Almost half of you haven’t done this. Get on it.

Announcement 2: Group One’s poems (up to two, no more than two pages long each) are due today by 5 PM. Those in Group One should upload their poems to the discussion board by that time. Group One includes:

  • Angie Bolan
  • Jacob Bott
  • Peter Diller
  • Ian Sunberg


Monday November 6th

  • Detail Question: Who’s your favorite superhero (or everyday hero)?
  • Poem of the Day: “Hulk Smash” by Greg Santos
  • We read the poem of the day and talked about how it delivers on the voice it sets up for Hulk, but also how it undermines what we know (or think we know) about Hulk
  • We used this as a jumping off point to talk about how persona poems are used to surprise us based on the kinds of stories that they tell and the perspectives that they use: when writing a persona poem, you want to be thinking about the angle you’re addressing the story from. Are you working with an expected perspective, like a minor character or an overlooked object? Are you providing deeper context for a villain’s motivation? Are you providing historical context to a story that’s often told without that context?
  • To practice this idea, we brainstormed some unexpected perspectives for persona poems, including Moby Dick (Ahab’s white whale), Gatsby’s pocket watch, the various forest creatures who dress Disney Princesses, and several others

Homework for Wednesday November 8th

  • Find: Similes are everywhere! In songs, in commercials, and, of course, in poetry. Your mission is to find and recover five similes that already exist in the world and bring them to class with you on Friday. Remember that we’re talking about similes here, so the comparisons should use “like” or “as.” You’re free to look at poems to find these similes, but don’t overlook the popular fabric of everyday life (for example, but you could also use a simile like one from Taylor Swift’s “Red”: “Loving him was like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street.” Find five of those and bring them to class with you. (Don’t be greedy, though. Try to choose one good simile per song/source.)
  • Write: Additionally, I’d like you to write an additional three similes of your very own. Be as detailed as possible.
  • Write:  Keep working on your poem drafts! Here’s another prompt for you to try:

Using one of the ideas we came up with in class today (or a new idea of your own!) explore a new perspective by trying to write a persona poem. Think about how your speaker would talk — pay attention to how you can make their story surprising.


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