Wednesday, November 8th

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

  • Rebecca Cole
  • Amina Adesiji
  • McKenna Belmont
  • Sydney Fredrick

Wednesday November 8th

  • Detail Question: What’s a toy you always wanted but never had?
  • Poem of the Day: “Buoy” by Carsie Blanton, which is composed almost entirely of similes. We listened to the song and talked about how both sides of the simile are important — both the descriptor and what’s being described
  • We talked about similes are vehicles for imagination, and how they are often used to explain desires or emotions that are otherwise difficult to grasp with words
  • We looked at an example of an extended simile through Jack Gilbert’s “Machiko Dead” and talked about how similes can extend through the whole poem to encompass one single concept
  • We talked about how similes can be used as a tool of the imagination, but need some grounding in narrative or structure. This balance of fixed and unfixed elements is very much at play in Jack Gilbert’s “Finding Something” which starts in an imaginative mode (“I say moon is horses in the tempered dark”), turns to concrete description (“I sit on the terrace of this worn villa”), and then turns back toward imagination at the end (“The arches of her feet are like voices /
    of children calling in the grove of lemon trees, / where my heart is as helpless as crushed birds).

Homework for Monday, November 13th

  • Read: You peers’ workshop poems!
  • Write: Workshop starts on Monday! Make sure that you thoroughly read the poems in group one and write both margin comments (both what you thought was working and what you thought wasn’t) and about 6 – 10 sentences of summative commentary at the end of the story. Refer to the question in your workshop handout frequently!

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