Photos Like Sonnets

“Swiss-born artist Rudy Burckhardt put poets on film and made photos work like sonnets.” Check out this article on the only photographer the New York School of Poets considered one of their own.

This marriage of poem and photo, or photo as poem, poem as photo, brings us full circle, from writing with photographs to writing with words, from considering the full arc of story to the sub-atomic level of the textures of words, of syllables, of letters themselves. What a journey it has been, full of discovery for me and the joy of watching you all make your own discoveries about writing and yourselves.

I’m looking forward to our final formal conferences, and then to whatever next place we find ourselves in as writers.

Bon voyage.

The Cento I wrote for you:

A Poem to Young Writers Leaving ENAM 170

Can you see them?
Faces wreathed in smoke,
Swimming through the haze
There and not and there again.

My mother tells me
there are things you don’t do
And there is a difference
Don’t hone your skills
Don’t do your chores
Don’t wait around
For tides to turn
Don’t read your atlas

Does anyone else see the alien in the room?
He is editor to my thoughts. He is always there–
Outline of my imagination restricting without restrictions.
An eye in the corner watches me watch it.

It must have been so hard for this poet
To scrawl this soundless solitary stock
Flee the trees, mountains, metal boxes of things,
mere ceilings, visors, long hairs in the eyes.
He noticed the vines growing from his palms,
crawling between thumb and forefinger,
twisting to the form of his arm.
His brimming coffee cup remains
Though his body has vanished.

To those of us who prefer to listen
To the Clear Moon
While walking in sunshine
A season blue-white,
planes broken sharply by
form and shadow
This world is dark, full of mystery
Our start was destined for success
Silent and slippery beneath the tiny impressions.
Our feet on the pavement actually make a difference
Out there.
Out there the wind blows.
Stand: leave.
this was the rinse cycle
the spinning clean, the
wringing out of debris.

the moon stares down in quiet lines
the window open
that twilight can demand
but from which we shall now digress
In front of the mountain backdrop
A goat in suspenders sings

~with fondness, bg

Final Evaluation Conference

Just a reminder, you need to hand me a PAPER version of your poetry portfolio by 5:00 p.m. this Friday (the 9th). Remember to include a narrative reflection (you can also, of course do that as hypertext on your blog) and a reading-as-a-writer piece as well as all of the regular assignments.



At least 24 hours before you meet with me to propose and defend your course grade, please send me an in-depth final view of your journey through this course. Include, if you like, the full portfolios from all the units. Make sure you indicate how you feel you have done according to the rubrics (image of the board above should help you out).

Conference Schedule
Friday, May 9

9:00 Laura

Monday, May 12
10:30 Tony
11:30 Gregg
3:30 Eleanor

Tuesday, May 13
9:00 Doug
11:00 Matt
3:30 Lois

Wednesday, May 14
10:00 Chris
11:00 Mikaela
1:00 Kyle
2:00 Sean

Thursday, May 15
10:00 Alicia
11:00 Clare
2:30 carolyn

Friday, May 16
9:00 Tamara
10:00 Andrew
11:00 Simone

A Poem by Robert Haas

From Alex, Robert Haas’s “Heroic Simile” (He is the 2008 Pulitzer winner)

Please share the poems (and stories and essays, of course) you come across during your writerly wanderings. How about compiling a collaborative list of must-reads for the summer?

How We Became Writers

Here’s a blog where writers can submit pieces about the process of becoming a writer.

Another Opportunity. This one on the radio…

As Vermont Edition host, I spend each day exploring Vermont’s
unique character – as well as its challenges. Now it’s your

This month, VPR is inviting you to take a turn at the microphone
and tell us what you think about living in Vermont. What do you
love about Vermont – and what are your biggest concerns? We want
to hear what you have to say about the advantages and challenges
of living here.

Jot down your thoughts and then call 1-800-639-2192 to make an
appointment to record your My Vermont essay at one of our five
studios – in Montpelier, Saint Johnsbury, Manchester, Colchester
or Norwich.

You can post your essay online and find information about studio
locations and recording times here:

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Best wishes,
Jane Lindholm

An Email I Received Today: What do you think?

Are you interested?

Dear Professor Ganley:

As the editor of Common Ties, a new citizen journalism website gaining attention among college students in particular, I thought you may be interested in encouraging your students to participate.

Writers answer any or all of our 20 Questions, and we pair our favorites with art into what we call “jeles” on our home page. While the process is competitive, it is important – not to mention fun – exposure for newly published writers, involving the art of the pitch as well as practice with contracts for those whose answers we buy. We pay for both the answers (about $1/word) and art we publish.

We thought you might wish to share this opportunity with your students and even consider it as a classroom exercise. Here are our submission guidelines.


Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
Editor | Common

For Fiction Writers

I have created a new menu item on the lefthand sidebar: “For Fiction Writers” with links to some helpful sites. Please add via comments! What are your favorite online fiction sites?

Also, I have listed all of your presentation dates up on the presentation tab.