Monday, September 22, 2008

Image and Line

As you polish poems for me, I promised to link you to the primer on the poetic line that I often use. One on imagery in is the works, though I think many of you got the embodied, sensuous particular quite well last week, as well as the notion of thinking through the logic of the image. Still, I will post it later. This means you need not necessarily send your polished poems this evening. Instead, you might send them by Wed. night. See you at the Art Institute.

Friday, September 19, 2008

In my ideal world, the home of everyone who loves art would come equipped with a painting by Giorgio Morandi, as a gymnasium for daily exercise of the eye, mind, and soul. I want the ad account: “Stay fit the Morandi way!”

--from The New Yorker and Peter Schjeldahl's review of a Morandi exhibit at the Met.

I mentioned Morandi briefly last year when I wrote about ekphrasis in the novel Falling Man by Don DeLIllo.

Complete Schedule

ENGW 444/Poetry, Poetics and the Arts
Fall 2008/D. Wright, Instructor

Complete Assignment Schedule
(still open to adjustments and additions)

Sept 23 AIC Trip / Two polished poems due via email

Sept. 30 Read Rusk,“Perils and Possibilities” / 2 AIC poems due (submit with digital images &
read one aloud in class) / Discuss Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon
Craft Element: Diction

Oct. 7 Introduce Manifesto / Artistic Process (guest artist)
Read Ratzlaff (all) / AIC Polished poem due in class
Craft Element: Voice

Oct. 14 Manifesto poem due / Finish Ratzlaff discussion / Deep context/Introduce Hymn Lyric Project
Craft Element: Figurative Language

Oct. 21 NO CLASSES—Fall Break / Project Proposal Due via Email by Oct. 25

Oct. 28 Hymn Writer John Bell on campus—Activities TBA

Nov. 4 Hymn draft due / Read Poetics Handout /Form Handout/ Other reading TBA
Craft Element: Form(s)

Nov. 11 Read Keane / Additional Blog Reading
Project Conferences

Nov. 18 Collaboration(s)—Working with artists and musicians
Schedule Peer Crit Sessions/Groups
Craft Element: Revision

Nov. 25 Poetics Draft Due for Peer Critique
Craft Element: Prose Poems

Dec. 2 Portion of Project Due for Peer Crit/Conferences
Optional Class on Ekphrasis and Midrash

Dec. 9 Final Party/Readings/Poetics and Project Due

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


With the new semester and a new batch of poets working hard, I am working to reorganize this blog, to give instructional materials in some kind of order, to arrange drafts, to highlight student work, etc. Check back next week.