“The People” by Common

In class today, we were speaking about rap music. Here’s one of my favorite rap songs, with great lyrics, it’s called The People by Common. I hope you enjoy it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7B2VgRShew

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Terrance Hayes

A few weeks ago we talked about Terrance Hayes in class; I looked up some of his poems and I really enjoy his work. Here is a video of him reading from his work, its pretty long. Skip ahead to 9:40, that’s when he starts reading his poetry.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELOYZkXFSJw

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Minor Poets, Major Works

Here is an article by Ed Park that speculates why he believes minor poets end up producing major works.
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/article.html?id=240622
I think the answer to this is simple; obviously initially, every poet, unless somehow related or connected to a famous poet, is unknown or thought of as minor. All poets have to start somewhere, it’s usually by publishing a single poem that draws attention that they can garner some attention.

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Spaceship

Here’s a poem I wrote about a space ship and aliens. It’s called spaceship.

spaceship

a metal spaceship flies and hovers
over meteorites and through the sun
the trip to the sun makes the ship hot
hotter than it has ever been before

looking for land
earth maybe
blackness everywhere
perhaps land on mars

green fingers press the
blinking blue and red buttons
while the
aliens inside go over their power-points

they want to land
traveling through the milky way
but the alien air runs out
and all of the aliens die

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Poetry and Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving still relevant, here is an article from the Huffington Post with their favorite poems about Thanksgiving, from the Poetry Foundation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/23/thanksgiving-poems_n_787444.html
I particularly enjoyed the poem “Thanksgiving Magic” by Rowena Bastin Bennett.
Here’s an excerpt from the poem:

“Thanksgiving Day I like to see
Our cook perform her witchery.
She turns a pumpkin into pie
As easily as you or I
Can wave a hand or wink an eye.”

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=176451

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Documentary about poetry

Here is a blog post about an independent documentary about poetry in an urban high school setting. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/using-poetry-as-a-way-to-survive/?scp=2&sq=poetry&st=cse

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Do You Understand

Since today was somewhat dreary, I decided to analyze a Matthea Harvey poem which I feel mirrors the pessimism many feel on such days.  This poem is entitled, “Do You Understand,” and despite its brevity, it is able to convey a deep sense of loss.  The poem uses the title as the first line, and then follows with describing that there will be no rainbow over the land.  I feel this is Harvey stating that perhaps things in the future will not get better, and there will not be a rainbow to signal the passage of the storm.  Albeit a troubling thought, the sentiment would hold true with the motif throughout Harvey’s latest collection Modern Life, as it frequently views the future through a less than flattering lens.  Although the poem is not online, I would like to once again recommend Harvey’s collection of poetry, Modern Life.

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Thanksgiving

Although though it is a little preemptive, I found a collection of Thanksgiving themed poems on the Poetry Foundation website.  Despite the fact that it is not the most “Thanksgiving-themed” poem in the collection, I found C.K. Williams’ “Zebra” to be very interesting.  Here’s the link!  “Zebra” is towards the bottom of the page, under the heading, “The Season”.

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Economics in Poetry

Bob Hicok is from Michigan and worked in auto factories. In some of his poetry he addresses the economic situation in Michigan and the Auto-Industry. Here is a news clip where he reads poetry relating to economic effects on his family after addressing the problems in Michigan. Pretty interesting.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/videoitem.html?id=179

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Ginsberg Interview

My research paper topic is how Allen Ginsberg was one of the most influential protest poets in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I watched this interview between Jeremy Issacs and Allen Ginsberg. It is a little long but I thought it was very interesting. Here is the Google link:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1011318964326139723#

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New poems

Hey guys, so this is one of my newest poems for my poetry/creative writing class, it doesn’t really have a title, but it is an imitation poem of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “My Life has stood a Loaded Gun”. Please feel free to comment. Enjoy!

Jaimie Cirillo

I am Mother Nature’s brain,

Controlling all she feels.

If I am happy or I am sad,

she unleashes me to the world./

I smile to make the sun appear,

and shiver to make it cold.

Yet when I tell her I’ve had enough,

she merely gives a sigh./

The raindrops mask the tears I hide,

the winds echo my screams.

The value of one’s brain today

is falling at the seams./

When will I get my day to shine,

she pretends I do no work.

Without my thoughts she

could not feel, and the world would fall apart./

Yet I am trapped within her head,

runaway I cannot do.

My thoughts are tired and I am weak,

freedom denies me too./

So a lightning storm I will make,

and she will take the blame.

But then a rainbow will appear

and I’ll still lose my fame./

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Jorie Graham

Hey guys, so I thought that I would talk a little about Jorie Graham’s poetry. I do agree with Proffesor Aldrich, Graham’s poetry is a little impersonal and “standoffish”, however sometimes she does add in a few relatable aspects to her poems. However, I feel that the reason her poems seem so distant to us is because she has a different style than we do, and we are not used to her kind of writing. Graham was not born in the U.S. she was born in Italy and did not come to the the U.S. until she was around our age, so English is not even her first language. I feel that this plays a big role in why her poetry is so distant to us. However, Graham feels that English is the best language used for poetry and although her topics may be vague and “sophisticated” as if she is trying to show off, this style may simply have to do with the fact that English was not her first language and this may have been the way she learned to write.

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Tao Lin in the Future

Here is an article from The Boston Phoenix about how difficult it will be for critics a hundred years in the future to look back on past works of literature.  Pretty interesting arguments and a good read especially for anyone interested in journalism.

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City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

After watching the video in class today in which the poet talks about how friendly people were in Pittsburgh, I found this video about a program called City of Asylum which provides money and homes for poets who are fleeing their home countries because of persecution.  Their website can be found here for more information and to see the poets who are being supported.

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Sharks Teeth

Here is a video poem from poetry foundation. It is short, but I found it rather interesting. See what you think.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/videoitem.html?id=143

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