Wednesday, 16 April 2003

Hit the Fan

it hit the fan today in poetry class, but i do not feel vilified. what i wanted was discussion and by gum i got it. some few were offended, most discussed what exactly i was going for, ranging from satire to prima nocta rights. some wanted me to make the ending different to acknowledge my understanding of rape = bad. others disagreed. everyone had something to say. all was well. i successfully stirred the pot. then i was allowed to speak. i said that there have been a significant amount of rape poems written in this class by various people and that i have had trouble engaging within them. there is the female victim, which women can identify with, but for men there is only the rapist. i said that i do not feel that i am being addressed by these poems.

there was much disagreement to this. i was told i was wrong, that i was being addressed. alas, there was no more time for discussion, because the professor made us move on. if so i would have responded that if i do not feel like i am being addressed but i am supposed to be, then there is a fundamental problem with the poetry. also, i would have said that even if i did feel addressed, i am still offered no frame of reference for how to associate myself as a non-threatening male toward a victimized female. the dialogue takes place between the rapist and his victim only.

overall the class became what i wanted it to. i am quite pleased.

Wednesday, 26 February 2003

Horn Toot

i don’t like to toot my own horn but jmay requested what the class thought of my latest. here are some of their comments:

  • cool chess imagery – this is quite an accomplishment. juggler. juggler…
  • once again, your depth of historical or thematic knowledge here is applied and over my head, but in this case it doesn’t take away from the grasp on the poem. i really can’t say anything about this poem negatively.
  • great imagery, also great use of enjambment… very nice use of words, esp. descriptive verbs & adjectives.
  • all around great language, crisp specific word choice.
  • your use of meter is…well done and keeps the poem moving forward.
  • works very well in sonnet form.
  • i really like the way chess becomes a metaphor for politics or the chessboard comes alive and the pieces become sentient.

Score!