Week 2 is the week of Day of Absence and Day of Presence
. In honor of this, and as a way of informing all the writing and reading and listening and thinking we will do all quarter, this week’s posts will respond to the writing of women of color.
5-7 posts, uploaded to your blog no later than Friday, 10:00am.
Each day, read or listen to a poem by a woman of color that is available online. Draw a line from that poem as the starting point for the “looping” process practiced in class on Friday of Week 1 and described below.
Your can choose to make your first post in response to either:
Audre Lorde’s poem, “Power” (1978)
Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s poem, “I Dream of Horses Eating Cops” (2015)
Whichever you don’t use for your first post, you can always use for another!
IMPORTANT: At the start of each post, before your own finished writing: Provide the author’s name and the name of the poem that you used as inspiration with a hyperlink to the source. Use “Hypertext How-To” for help, found in Canvas “Program Resources” module.
Here are a few links where you will find many women poets of color, and of course you are welcome to search on your own:
- Every day, read or listen to a poem written by a woman of color and available online.
- Every day, select one line (or word or set of lines) to use as the leaping-off point into your own writing.
- Write this line on a fresh page outside the blog environment: a notebook or computer document.
- Using a timer, write for 5 minutes, drawing from your own experiences, questions and observations.
- Read what you just wrote. This is not your blog post.
- Pull out one short line from your own writing and transcribe it below your previous writing.
- Again, write for 5 minutes.
- Read what you just wrote. This still is not your blog post.
- Pull out one short line from the new writing and transcribe it in the space below.
- Write for 5 minutes, using this line to start the final loop.
- Reread this. Still not your blog post.
- Now, having done all this generative, exploratory work, write again—synthesize, refine, edit. Craft a finished paragraph/poem that synthesizes the ideas, feelings, observations and images that issued from the loops. To “craft” is to pay attention to the ways form and content work together to convey meaning. This final short piece may be a “snapshot,” a scene, a nugget of insight, a series of questions…anything that feels complete in its own way.
- This is your post! Copy and paste it into a new blog post and publish it. Don’t forget to credit the source author, and to provide a link to their poem.
Note: “Looping How-to” is posted in the Canvas “Program Resources” Module. It provides a tiny bit more guidance on the looping exercise.
- Poetry Foundation Website. Check out their indices of poets and poetry movements, and you can do key word searches for regional, racial, gender, and other identity-categories to help you diversify your knowledge of who is out there doing what.
- Poetry Foundation, “Native American Poetry and Culture: A selection of poets, poems, and articles exploring the Native American experience”
- Poetry Foundation, “Asian American Voices in Poetry: A collection of poets and articles exploring Asian American culture”
- Nepantla: a journal dedicated to queer poets of color, Issue #2 (PDF)
- Okay Africa, “These 7 African Women Poets Will Keep You Calm, Cool, and Collected for the Summer”
- For Harriet, “15 Black Women Poets Everyone Should Know”
- Up The Staircase Quarterly, “Best Online Poems from Women of Color (2014)”