English 619:003 / Spring 2005 / Susan Tichy / George Mason University
|What to do before today:
Make your own system: two poems
Start an e-mail Exquisite Corpse Collage. You will work on these for several weeks, but you must start now: they take time.
Start collecting words & images for yourself or to share: use magazines, newspapers, the internet, photocopies, dictionaries.
What to read before today:
William Burroughs on cut-ups
Adrian Lurssen: "I'm Not Hollywood"
A cut-up collage poem with notes on the writing and editing process
Notes on collage in its more rational forms
Notes from Leonard Diepeveen, on "quoting poems"
Some introductory reading --
A Book of the Book:
Rothenberg: Poetics & Ethnopoetics
Davidson: The Material Page
Waldman: My Life as a Book
Borges: The Cult of Books
Class photocopies, Pack 1:Optional reading from War and Peace--
Judith Goldman: "Case Sensitive"
Kari Edwards: "Oddly Shaped Four Times"
Norma Cole: "From New Notebook"
What we'll do in class / what to bring:
Workshop: Your two "Make your own system" poems -- bring copies for your small group & for me. Be prepared to discuss differences between your two results.
Discuss: Texture, gap, juxtaposition & voice in a poem including cut-ups; writing as "moving language around;" creating absence, creating presence.
DO: Begin a pulled text
round-robin. For this poem, please bring 1-2 pages of nonfiction prose
from which you and others will pull text. Please don't bring poetry or
fiction. One copy is
For Next Week:
Draft of a poem from the round robin.
Draft of a poem from canceled text.