Wednesday, March 30, 2011





Some of what my students will be reading as we write poems in my spring introductory workshop:

Triggering Town by Richard Hugo
The Art of Recklessness by Dean Young
Texture Notes by Sawako Nakayasu
A Mouth in California by Graham Foust
Black Life by Dorothea Lasky
Selected Poems by Mary Ruefle
The Grief Performance by Emily Kendal Frey
"Vespers" by Heather Christle
"The Bad Clown" by Michael Earl Craig
"Birches" by Robert Frost
"Sunday Morning" by Wallace Stevens
"The Waking" by Theodore Roethke
"One Art" and "Sonnet" by Elizabeth Bishop
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
"Short Talk on Sleep Stones" and "Short Talk on Walking Backwards" by Anne Carson
"Dolphin" by Robert Lowell
"The Ache of Marriage" by Denise Levertov
"Homosexuality" by Frank O'Hara
"Swans of Local Waters" by Tony Tost
"Song for One Violin" by Julie Doxsee
"9 'Great citadels whereon the gold sun falls'" by John Berryman
"The Fall" by Russell Edson
"Oatmeal Deluxe" by Stephen Dobyns
"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg
"The Dance" by William Carlos Williams
"Traveling Through the Dark" by William Stafford
"Bavarian Gentians" by DH Lawrence
"Sea Rose" by HD
"Buffalo Bill's/defunct" by e.e. cummings
"Peggy in the Twilight" and "Distance from Loved Ones" by James Tate
"2 Narrative Poems" by Julie Carr
"Hot Ass Poem" by Jennifer Knox
"Wanting to Die" by Anne Sexton
"Invisible Scoring" by Paul Killebrew
"Patience" by Pierre Reverdy
"The Mystery is the Human Heart" by Matthew Dickman
"I Hail from the Bottom of the Sea, the Land of Eternal Darkness" by Matthew Rohrer
"I Go Back to May 1937" by Sharon Olds
"I  Have to Go Back to 1994 to Kill a Girl" by Karyna McGlynn
"Digging" by Seamus Heaney
"Cameroon is Great" by Ara Shirinyan
"Wild Nights--Wild Nights" and "I cannot live with You" by Emily Dickinson
from "New Exercises 08" by Franck Andre Jamme
"the state of world affairs from a 3rd floor window" by Charles Bukowski
"homage to my hips" by Lucille Clifton
"Breasts" by Charles Simic
...and many more...and
literary journals
online magazines
some small press chapbooks

5 comments:

ML said...

that is one of my favorite Berryman photos! I have that on my office door!

DJ Berndt said...

Russell Edson is quite godly.

I always have trouble picking the right e.e. cummings poems. He is so hit or miss.

Jeremiah Gould said...

I always pegged you for "The Pilot" by Edson. Maybe it's the "Be brave, my Captain" line. I also agree that the Art of Recklessness should be required reading. I return to it when I want to be reminded to let myself fail.

Tyler G said...

Awesome that you're using that Knox poem.

The Art of Recklessness? That's great that someone is teaching that. WHAT LESSONS IN THAT BOOK.

I'm interested to see what journals/mags and chaps you use.

I'm gonna try to read a lot of this list. Thanks for posting.

adams24 said...

What a lovely list!