What is praxis? How does critique relate to creativity? Is writing an art? What is a workshop?
Resources and Reading
Is the writer a reader? Of what? Of what in addition to one’s own writing? Of what in addition to “influences”? Is the workshop a first reader? Where does the idea of “audience” fit in to a written work?
The Waste Land, by T.S.Eliot. Footnotes, poems. Allusions, poems.
Research and Readings
How could a poem be a reading of a theory, another text, another author?
Why and how could a creative work require information and interpretation?
Appropriation and Finding
Found Poetry. Shakespeare, Rezinkoff, Acker.
At the Acedemy of American Poets:
Genre and Adaptation
Genre: The form of a poem in particular relation to its content. The term encompasses not only pastoral and lyric, which are conventional genres, but also apostrophe, dramatic monologue, nocturne, and so on.
Version and Format
Revision is different from version. Lessons from software version control. The police in different voices. Format – utterly different from form. Presentation of content.
Medium / Message
Writing Intermedia and multimedia poetry. Beyond form. Diverse influences (of technology, visual art, music) and ways they mean.
Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects
Context / Situation
Situationist International Text Library
Translation I: Language to Language
Anne Carson, Jen Hofer
Translation II: English to English
Zukofsky’s Catullus. Pound’s Sextus Propertius.
Translation III: Poetry to Prose, Prose to Poetry
The special cases of Russian Poetry. Baudelaire and Rimbaud.
Flarf, Google Sculpting, Various Software Machines
Ars Poetica and Back
critique, self understanding, polemic
Charles Olson, “Projective Verse”
Frank O’Hara, “Personism”
on Method and Process
Introduction to Final Projects
Submission of Final Projects