Our house has been re-arranging itself this week after a summer of pyjama mornings and staying up too late nights. Half of its occupants have set their alarm clocks, buttoned themselves back into school uniforms, shouted goodbye at a quarter to nine and left behind a trail of cereal dishes and the fading beat of … Continue reading Back to school musings
Finally caught up with ModPo by plugging in my netbook in the kitchen. Quite difficult to hear Al, Amarise, Emily, Molly, and the gang - they feel like old friends now - over the sizzling, splashing sounds of cooking dinner and washing up. Admittedly this isn't model student behaviour but at least I'm up to … Continue reading ModPo in the kitchen
Speeding through ModPo and I could do with a few 36 hour days and/or a better brain. I seem to be spending more time watching discussions about poetry rather than reading poetry and I am starting to feel like a child at the fairground trying to catch up with the merry-go-round. One of the disadvantages … Continue reading ModPo: Seven chapters in and flagging a bit
ModPo is racing on; we are now starting Week Five of this ten week course. My highlights last week were listening to a Penn Sound recording of Gertrude Stein reading her poem If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso (1912) and watching an extract from Shutters Shut, a dance choreographed by Paul Lightfoot … Continue reading The music of Gertrude Stein
Waking at 3am on Saturday and finding myself unable to get back to sleep, I came downstairs in my pyjamas, made a cup of tea and plugged into the final readings for Week 3 of ModPo. I love this course! Hilda Doolittle (known as H.D.), Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams were the poets we … Continue reading Modern and Contemporary American Poetry: Catching Up at 3AM
My main news is that, along with 30,000 other people world-wide, I've signed up for, and am into my second week of, the free, on-line, ten-week taster course in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, or ModPo, offered by the University of Pennsylvania using the Coursera on-line platform and featuring the charismatic and hugely knowledgeable Professor of Literature, … Continue reading 30,000 students but no-one has to share a desk!