Poetry, ENGL 234 (Winter 2018)

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 4:15–5:30 PM
Room: Hall 431 SGW

Professor: Michael Nardone
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 PM. Room: LB 663.
Class Site: Poetry, ENGL 234.

Email: mdn [at] soundobject [dot] net
Please note that I will only be able to respond to emails on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please write “Poetry 234” in email subject.

Through a detailed examination of the various practices and forms of poetry, this course is designed to familiarize students with the critical and technical concepts of the genre. We will study contemporary North American anglophone poetries through their sonic, textual, and embodied compositional elements. This course emphasizes contact with poets and the contexts of poetry, as we will have a number of class visits and events with the poets we will be reading and discussing throughout the semester.

5 Responses – 25% – Due 27 February, in class.
5 Responses – 25% – Due 12 April, in class.
Final Project – 35% – Due 19 April, by 5 PM, in English department mailbox.
Participation – 15% – Throughout the semester.

I have to live, by Aisha Sasha John.
Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier.
Injun, by Jordan Abel.
Creole Continuum, by Kaie Kellough.
Kith, by Divya Victor.

All of these books* will be available at Librarie Drawn & Quarterly at a 10% discount! All you have to do is tell a staff member that you are a student in my class. If you can, buy the books there, and support a great bookstore. Otherwise, the books are available at regular price at the Concordia Bookstore.

*Except for Kaie Kellough’s Creole Continuum, which you have to buy HERE.

Based on our readings, media, class visits and discussions, each week I will post a set of questions on the class site. During the semester, you will choose 10 sets of questions, and reply to each one with a 400-word response.

Final Project:
At the end of the semester, you will select 8 of your responses, edit them, and compile them into a collection of writings that you will frame with a 400-word introduction and a 400-word conclusion. All final projects must be printed and deposited in my English department mailbox by Thursday, 19 April, by 5 PM.

Your participation grade is based on your attendance in class, your involvement in discussions, and your thoughtful engagement with and respect for your fellow students.

Please note that late submissions will automatically be marked down an entire grade. Work submitted more than one week after the due date will automatically be marked an F for that assignment.

9 January – Introduction to Poetics.

11 January – Introduction to Poetics.
Read: “Oral Poetry,” by M.H. Beissinger, in Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed.
Read: “Quipu,” Wikipedia.
Read: “Poetry in Space,” by Cecilia Vicuña, from The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry.

16 January – Text and Performance.
Read: “Sappho,” on the Poetry Foundation.
Listen: “Discourse on the Logic of Language,” by M. NourbeSe Philip.
Read: Excerpts from ZONG!, by M. NourbeSe Philip.

18 January – Text and Performance.
Read: Spit Temple, by Cecilia Vicuña.
Listen: “I was born in a space of silence,” by Cecilia Vicuña.

23 January – Close Listening.
Read: Introduction to Close Listening, by Charles Bernstein.

25 January – Close Listening.
Listen: SpokenWeb & PennSound.

30 January – Creole Continuum.
Listen: Creole Continuum, by Kaie Kellough.
Buy Creole Continuum: HERE.

1 February – Creole Continuum.
Listen: Creole Continuum, by Kaie Kellough.
Buy Creole Continuum: HERE.
*CLASS VISIT: Kaie Kellough.

6 February – I have to live.
*CLASS VISIT: Aisha Sasha John.
Read: I have to live, by Aisha Sasha John.

8 February – I have to live.
Read: I have to live, by Aisha Sasha John.

13 February – Somatics.
Read: “(Soma)tic Poetics: An Interview with CAConrad,” by Thom Donovan.
Read: 3 (Soma)tic Poems by CA Conrad on PAGES 107 – 114, linked here.

15 February – Somatics.
Read: “Intermedia,” by Dick Higgins.
Read: Excerpts from Grapefruit, by Yoko Ono.



27 February – Publishing Poetry.
*Your first group of 5 responses are due in class.
*Class Visit: Ashley Opheim.

1 March – Publishing Poetry.
Read: “How to Stop Worrying Abt the State of Publishing…,” by Joey Yearous-Algozin.
Read: Lemon Hound, Eclipse, Jacket2 Reissues.

6 March – Poetry and Politics.
Read: California Lecture: from “Poetry and Politics,” by Jack Spicer.

8 March – Poetry and Politics.
Read: “Not Your Noble Savage: On Literary Colonialism and Native Writers,” by Alicia Elliot.

13 March – Whereas.
Read: Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier.

15 March – Whereas.
Read: Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier.

20 March – Injun.
Read: Injun, by Jordan Abel.

22 March – Injun.
Read: Injun, by Jordan Abel.

27 March – Poetics of Resistance.
Read: “The Quality of Light,” by Cecily Nicholson.
Read: “Active Solidarity with directly impacted communities,” Cecily Nicholson in dialogue with Jules Boykoff and Kaia Sand.

29 March – Poetics of Resistance.
Read: Mercenary English, by Mercedes Eng.

3 April – KITH.
Read: Kith, by Divya Victor.

5 April – KITH.
*CLASS VISIT: Divya Victor.
Read: Kith, by Divya Victor.

10 April – Individual Meetings.

12 April – Preface and Conclusion.
*Your second group of 5 responses are due in class.