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Shetland poet & ModPo regular Christie Williamson reads his poem “Da Burn” and explains it a bit for us at KWH: http://jacket2.org/commentary/christie-williamson-reads-explains-poem-shetlandic
ModPo’er & teacher Christan Bush tried the ModPo method of collaborative close reading with her students, and it worked! And you can watch it work! The poem they discussed is Theodore Roethke’s “The Waking.”...
Watch a discussion—excerpted from a fall 2018 webcast—in which Rae Armantrout describes her encounter with Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”:
We have added to the CCCR* syllabus a discussion led by Max McKenna with some ModPo’ers in Chicago (October 2018) about stanza 2 of Gertrude Stein’s “Stanzas in Meditation.” Here are the links as...
ModPo is all about encouraging people worldwide to collaborate on close readings of poems. Here’s the newest addition to the CCCR (=Community Collaborative Close Readings syllabus)—a discussion of Gertrude Stein’s “A Table”: https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo/resources/r0Zp9
Josh Schuster takes a question about the founding of the Writers House and turns it into an observation about the poem as a utopian space. Watch this 1-minute video.
Further discussion of John Cage’s idea that poetry can demilitarize language:
Watch this 4-minute clip from a 2018 webcast in which Jason Zuzga talks about poetry as yoga:
On the pleasures & disappointments of making your own aleatory (chance-based) poetry—a video clip from our week 9 webcast in 2018. Josh Schuster joined us for this webcast.
Video (9 minutes long): on the continued relevance of the Beats, a discussion that includes poets Angela Carr and Rae Armantrout.