Meetings to discuss poetry?

Hi guys! I hope you’re having fun (it should be FUN) crawling around in your poems. I know the regular tutor-tutee meetings have unraveled a little this unit; it’s a busy time in the semester, and we’ve all got a lot on our plates. That said, I’d be happy to meet with anyone who wants to talk about poems, readings, your own work, the work of other writers, anything your little hearts desire. Regardless of your workshop group, feel free to jump in on this.

Let me know (post or e-mail at kflagg @ midd) if you want to meet up. Saturday and Sunday afternoons would be best bets — we could meet up on campus, or maybe for coffee in town for a nice change of pace. On both days, the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. window is relatively open, so feel free to pick a time that works best for you; just be in touch.

Patchwork Poems

Feeling frustrated by this poetry business? Centos can really loosen up your creative machinary. A cento (latin for “patchwork) is a collage poem made up entirely (or almost entirely) of lines from other people’s poems. By rearranging or decontextualizing lines from other poems, your task is to create your own poem by stealing from other accomplished artists. As John Donne once said, “All other things to their destruction draw.” Check out the blog Centobingo, created by Breadloaf alum Matt Hart, dedicated to Centos. Or check out my (maddie’s) variation, which is composed entirely of chapter headings from a table of contents: what-difference-a-wing-makes

Meetings with Tutors

Alex’s Group (meetings are at the juicebar)

Thursday, April 10

2:30-3:00 Tamara

3:00-3:30 Sean

3:30-4:00 Kyle

Friday, April 11

4:00-4:30 Eleanor

4:30-5:00 Alicia (is this ok?)

Katie’s Group

Reply to this post to claim your spot. Let me know if any of these times don’t work for you, and we can find another window that works for us both. Let’s meet in the Juice Bar in the Grille. I’m excited to hear about how fiction’s going so far! Bring questions, readings, writing you want to discuss; this is your time, so let’s make the most of it.

Monday, April 7

2-2:30: Doug

Tuesday, April 8

10:15-10:45: Carolyn

4-4:30: Mikaela

Wednesday, April 9

1:30-2: Laura

2-2:30: Matt

5:30-6: Gregg

Maddie’s Group: We will be meeting in the juice bar downstairs, reply ASAP to which slot you prefer!

Tuesday, April 8th

1:00-1:30 Lois

1:30-2:00 Chris

2:00-2:30: Simone

Wednesday, April 9th

1:00-1:30 Clare

3:00-3:30: Andrew

3:30-4:00 Tony (If you can’t you need to let me know!)

Fiction on the Map

The 21 Steps is told by following the story as it unfolds across a map of the world. Follow the trail by clicking on the link at the bottom of each bubble.

Fiction a la Google Maps… Hope everyone is having a faaabulous spring break.//Now back to writing about goats. Hrmph.

(From We Tell Stories: Digital Fiction from Penguin. “Six Authors. Six Stories. Six Weeks.”)

A fun exercise about place

>We are supposed to _want_ to see the great places of the world. But what if, in fact, we would much, much rather get home and for once get on top and _stay_ on top of the dandelion situation in the lawn?… Describe some place where great or infamous history was made that means very, very little to you
–Carol Bly, “Beyond the Writer’s Workshop: New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction”, p284

Dinner Wednesday

Hey everyone,
So, looks like we’re set to have dinner on Wednesday at Weybridge House (6:30). I’m thinking, burritos? Of course, this all depends whether the shoppers come through and actually buy the right groceries. If not, I can try to comandeer a car and do an emergency run. Oy.
All the groceries are bought and ready… I’ll see you all tonight!!!

So, if you want to help cook, come at 5ish. Otherwise dinner is served at 6:30.

(If you can, try to RSVP, just drop a comment below so I have some idea how much to make…)

Maddie’s Group Sign-Up

Meetings will take place in the juice bar. Remember to look at when other people have signed up when you claim slots. Can’t wait to read your stuff! post it soon…
Tuesday, March 11th
4:30-5:00 Kyle
5:00-5:30 Laura
Thursday, March 13th
3-3:30 Simone
3:30-4 Carolyn
4-4:30 Doug