How To Read My Poetry

I want to use the Penn State Modern Poetry class as my model for how to read a poem.

Here is their super simple analytical plan:

I have modified it a little to fit the idea that a blog using Hypothes.is can be a “platform”

1) Read the poem and annotate with Hypothes.is

2) Listen to a recording of the poet performing the poem. Respond in Hypothes.is Vialogues.

3) Read our discussion of the poem in Hypothes.is

4) Then join others reflecting on what they say.

 

Step One: 

Below is the text of the poem. This is open for annotation. I have seeded it with questions and adjacent possibilities:

 

Books remind us
of what we love,
ethical blazes
lit by others
banked
then stoked
every time we return to them.
Spine and margin and cover and leaf
bursting to light and heat.
Paragraphs burning bright as meteors,
metaphors leaping as shiny as minnows,
our hearts
ardent
and
catalytic,
skimming
from page to page,
a gleaming,
predacious
dragonfly.

 

Here is the poem embedded in an image if you prefer.  

Step Two: I will read it and we can comment on it using Hypothes.is Vialogues

Step Three:  read discussion of poem in Hypothes.is and Vialogues comments and create a page note in Hypothes.is to share thoughts and ideas and other creative artifacts of your own or others.  Perhaps respond with media or text of your own.

Step Four:  Connect with others on this Dropbox collaborative page:  https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/How-to-Read-a-Poem-by-me–A88Ea3C6hZZ1ESAXA1mLTYMEAQ-pHyO4XNCl1aIq4KoX22Be

 

 

 

1 Comment


  1. // Reply

    I’ve left you a poem, jumping and leaping and never finding its footing, always one step from the critical (inner as well as external). Begin there, go there, then there, and end up there. Always forward motion ….
    Kevin

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