summer workshop group?

hey guys,

i am going to be working on campus all summer and i was curious as to whether anyone else will be sticking around as well. during my conference, barbara and i talked about me starting a workshop group for anyone in our class who will be around to meet once a week or so to share what we’ve been working on and to sort of keep us in the habit of writing regularly. so, if anyone will be around and might be interested, let me know! i think it could be a really awesome summer activity…


Poetry Out Loud

Here’s a brief article from the Washington Post about the annual poetry recitation contest at GW University. The quotation from John Barr at the top of page two seems particularly fitting to our discussions last week about how important the sounds of words to our poems.

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.

May Day Poem Exercise

bleeding hearts unfurl in the april garden

In honor of May Day, here’s a playful prompt:

A 14-line poem about May

  • Every line must contain in addition to whatever other kinds of syllabled words you like, one (and only one) two-syllable word and one three-syllable word.
  • A rich sound texture using repeated sounds and rhythms–you choose how
  • The following words: stone, clever, melt, yellow
  • A line “lifted” from the poem you memorized

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

How We Became Writers

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


my girlfriend sent me this photographer’s website this morning:

barbara was talking to us about how museums and art and music can do wonderful things for the creative process. photography is also pretty inspiring. try going to the japanese winter wildlife album and checking out the last photo and humanizing the emotions/actions of the monkeys.