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I invited Tom Devaney to teach a poem to a group of high-school juniors ago in 2010. He carried with him William Carlos Williams"s poem “The Last Words of My English Grandmother” bereason, as he told the students, he likes to hear voices in a poem and additionally likes to quote his own grandmommy in his poems. The first nine minutes of the video are taken up via preliminaries, so if you desire to skip to the conversation, move the time dial to 8:50. To watch the video, click here or anywhere on the image over. Click below to visit the PennSound web page that has all twelve of these videos — 2 sets of six poets each teaching one poem to high institution students.

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The Last Words of My English Grandmom William Carlos Williams

Tbelow were some dirty plates and also a glass of milk next to her on a tiny table close to the rank, disheveled bed-- Wrinkled and practically blind she lay and snored romaking use of with anger in her tones to cry for food, Gimme something to eat— They"re starving me— I"m all right—I will not go to the hospital. No, no, no Give me something to eat! Let me take you to the hospital, I said and after you are well you have the right to perform as you please. She smiled, Yes you carry out what you please initially then I have the right to execute what I please— Oh, oh, oh! she cried as the ambulance guys lifted her to the stretcher— Is this what you call making me comfortable? By now her mind was clear— Oh you think you"re smart you young civilization, she said, yet I"ll tell you you don"t understand anypoint. Then we started. On the means we passed a lengthy row of elms. She looked at them awhile out of the ambulance window and also said, What are all those fuzzy looking things out there? Trees? Well, I"m tired of them and also rolled her head ameans.


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DIGITAL PEDAGOGY: This was a magazine story published in 2001 about my usage of e-media in teaching. “Postmodern poets focused on the process of their poeattempt, rather than on what the words in their poems actually said. The function wregarding make poeattempt and language brand-new aobtain. There"s no better method to explain Filreis"s teaching style. He provides technology to cost-free course time for conversation, which to Filreis is even more important than the course product itself. The allude is to construct his students" capacity to think critically, not to have memorized eexceptionally last truth about Gertrude Stein. And yet, he shelp, with that active engagement with the material, students finish up remembering even more of the content.”

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ASHBERY PERFORMS STEVENS: In October of 1989, John Ashbery checked out St. John"s the Divine Cathedral in New York to be component of the induction

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of Wallace Stevens at the Poets" Corner. Tright here was a vespers service and Ashbery check out 6 sections of Stevens"s "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven." Imagine that--that poem check out at a vespers service! Anymethod, I absolutely do not recognize of one more recording of Ashbery performing Stevens. Stevens was a reasonably poor reader of his own poems. Ashbery is deemed by many to be an indifferent reader of his poems. (I don"t agree, however understand the point.) But below, reading Stevens, Ashbery is marvelous. Here is a 7-minute recording of sections 3, 5, 12, 17, 18 and 30 of the Stevens poem that comes closest to actual serial creating (seriality at the level of the section, anyway).

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THE (ANTI)MODERN PRESIDENT.After looking at an abstract mural at the U.N. then President-elect Eisenhower shelp, “To be modern-day you don"t have to be nuts.”

THE END OF THE LECTURE & PLANNING TO STAY. As often as I have the right to, I speak to for the end of the lecture as we know it. I"m pretty serious about this - not often exaggerating on the point. Click below for one of many kind of forays right into the topic. Once you"re tbelow, click on the "end of the lecture" tag for still more. My thoughts on institutional national politics and also the arts were presented in a manifesto called "Planning to Stay" (publiburned as a pamphlet by No Press); the message of that talk is easily accessible right here.

KELLY WRITERS HOUSE

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Philadelphia"s PBS affiliate, WHYY-12, produces a TV present that in each episode attributes four centers for the arts and also creativity in the Philadelphia region. For its winter 2010-11 regimen, the display devoted 15 minutes to the Kelly Writers Housage in a segment called “The Creative Campus.” To watch the video, click the image above.

REPRESENTATIONS OF THE HOLOCAUST

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I dischoose Spielberg’s Schindler’s List strongly. It"s a film, I think, that is extremely friendly toward sovereignty. For more on this minority watch, click on the image above. I teach a course at Penn on depictions of the Holocaust in literature and also film eextremely various other autumn semester.

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In 2003 I established and also proceed to direct the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. CPCW carried together the university"s creating programs and also projects: Critical Writing, Creative Writing, the Kelly Writers House, PennSound, RealArts
PENN, Writers Without Borders, Creative Ventures, slrfc.org, and also even more. For information and links to each of these projects, click on the logo design above.