Finding the Words 1: Blackout/Erasure Poetry Generative Exercises

Overview Writers default. That is, without quite realizing it, we write using preferred words, preferred sentence styles, preferred voices. This means a universe of possibilities is not occurring to us during composition. So we need ways to break out of our habits, to find new words. Here is the first of two poetry generative exercisesContinue reading “Finding the Words 1: Blackout/Erasure Poetry Generative Exercises”

A Generative Poetry Exercise from Kenneth Koch

Generative Exercises allow creative writers to think outside our normal default modes of creation. Often, the poems created during exercises are stronger than ones created with no prompt. This exercise is taken fro Chapter 7 of Rose Where Did You Get That Red?
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Found on MixCloud – Subterranean Phrases Spoken Word & Music Improv

Okay, so this is pretty neat. I was searching the Web for info for my annual report at IU Southeast (performances, press, and such), and found a podcast of a poetry spoken word and music improv performance I did in October, 2013, for the Subterranean Phrases series at the Decca Restaurant in Louisville, KY. 9Continue reading “Found on MixCloud – Subterranean Phrases Spoken Word & Music Improv”

I.A. Richards’ 1938 classic can *still* make you into a better writing teacher

ENG-W 206, Introduction to Creative Writing, is a course I teach often at Indiana University Southeast. A basic CW course, it offers a taste of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The students who take it are from diverse majors, for instance, English Literature, Writing, Secondary Education, Nursing, General Education, and a smattering ofContinue reading “I.A. Richards’ 1938 classic can *still* make you into a better writing teacher”

happy holidays 2016, and how revision happens when you least expect it

Happy holidays, and may your writing and reading be wonderful this new year. Here is my Lego dreidel project to help me celebrate the holidays. It goes with our Christmas tree, as we are a multi-faith family.  I found the plans online and modified them. Sarah, my wonderful partner, made a trip to https://bricksandminifigs.com  across theContinue reading “happy holidays 2016, and how revision happens when you least expect it”

enjoyed reading at the Tim Faulkner Gallery

Thanks to Selena McCracken and the IU Southeast English Club for arranging the Kentuckiana Poetry Festival reading last night at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, and also allowing me to play some guitar as well. I hear it will be broadcast on WXOX 97.1 FM Louisville. My poetry/music set: “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” – Dan Fogerty/CreedenceContinue reading “enjoyed reading at the Tim Faulkner Gallery”