1) Write a poem in the second person in which the reader is made to see an everyday object in a new light, as with Fork.
2) Write a poem, monologue, or story where a first person narrator talks around the most important information. Make the silences speak. Keep your language spare and evocative, as Creeley does.
3) Take an exercise you’ve written this semester that you’re not entirely happy with. Change the voice, from first person to second or third person or from third person to first or second person. Then continue to revise the piece making whatever other revisions the changes suggest. Make sure to include the original version along with your new piece.
Read for Next Week
Every Exit is an Entrance and Ode to Sleep, Anne Carson
Gentleman’s Agreement, Mark Richard
For Esme – with Love and Squalor, J.D. Salinger
Dream Song 14, John Berryman
1. Post an entry about any one of the readings this week. This may be a critical or creative piece of about 200-300 words and must follow the blog response guidelines. It MUST respond to your chosen reading in some way, either by identifying and discussing craft elements, themes, or techniques or by using those elements in a creative response.
2. Post comments on at least three other entries. Remember, this is not a place for critiquing each other’s work. Instead, identify something from the piece that strikes or interests you, ask a neutral question about the work, or suggest ways the author could deepen or expand it.