Saturday, March 30, 2013

Twirling at Old Miss

What does baton twirling symbolize in Terry Southern's story? That is, it isn't actually or only a story about baton twirling, is it? Can you think of an activity today that might symbolize something similar?

Your response is due by 4 p.m. this Wednesday, April 3,.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Piece of Advice

Read the prose poem below. In your own words, what advice is Stephene Mallarme tendering to authors? How does it apply to your own work?

Please respond by Wednesday, March 20, 4 p.m.

To name an object is to suppress three-quarters of it and be forced to share the rest with strangers. Don’t say what happened exactly or exactly how what happened felt. Rather, say “The black dog whined to be fed.” Make every poem you write a foreign city, where visitors can understand only an occasional word, just like you that time you took another Klonopin because you forgot you had already taken one.




Monday, March 4, 2013

Why I Write

Read Orwell's essay "Why I Write," which is available online as well as in the class handout. Respond to it with comments on why you write. Is it for the same reasons Orwell cites? Your comments are due Wednesday, March 13, 4 p.m.