Thursday, May 26, 2011

Identity Theft for Dummies Facebook page & Goodreads pages

Please 'like' and/or suggest the new Identity Theft for Dummies Facebook page.

Also peruse other book from the Zenith Beast back catalog recently added to Goodreads, starting with the above title; also Workers' Comp.; Libby Brahms' First Washing Machine; Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat; Barking up the Wrong Tree; QWERTYUIOP; Flint; and Rate of Exchange. Add your reviews, recommend, or otherwise share these books at will, with thanks in advance for doing so!

And if you're interested in purchasing any of these titles, let me know since many are not available via Amazon or through other outlets.

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Facebook Pages

There are two new Facebook pages regarding two of my books: About the Author (Mindmade Books 2011) and I Am Spam (Fractal Edge Press 2004). Please 'like' them, if indeed you do! Thanks in advance for your support.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Last week at Solomon!

Yesterday I taught my final classes of the year for my residency at Solomon. Check out the amazing class poems created as variations on the exquisite corpse technique. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Come Again?

Last week at Solomon, we read Philip Larkin's "Coming" and students wrote poems on the general theme of seasons.

Back in March, Pilgrim students also wrote on this idea.

Check 'em out!

New poem published!

Check out my poem, "A Contestant," in the latest issue of InDigest!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Stanley Kunitz, "The Layers"

Last week was my final class at Pilgrim. Check out the class poem created to wrap up the year, as well as more on the last poem we read and discussed, Stanley Kunitz's "The Layers."

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Regina Barreca's "Nighttime Fires"

One of the perks of anguishing over choosing a new textbook is the unexpected ways in which it comes to good use. For my World of Poetry class this past semester at Northeastern Illinois University, I picked Michael Meyer's Poetry: An Introduction. I had vetted it pretty well in advance of the class' start, and liked Meyer's blend of less "greatest hits" poems and poets, and more contemporary and unexpected choices, but it wasn't until the class got underway that I realized what a good choice it was. My students certainly seemed to like it, and from my own perspective I found it to be easily written and packed with far more interesting work than we could hope to examine in a mere semester.

I also discovered -- and in some instances, was given fresh perspectives on -- many poets and poems, and a few of those (re)discoveries affected my Hands on Stanzas lesson plans for the year. One in particular was the focus of my classes last week, Regina Barreca's "Nighttime Fires," a really incredible poem. I know very little about Barreca, but this certainly made an impression on me. (Students too.)

To read the poem, check out these posts regarding student work at Pilgrim and Solomon schools. Enjoy!

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