- Research Seminar March 8th
- Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Readings on YouTube
- 80% reduction principle
- Brooks set in 1945 – why?
– Important to read these texts in the context of 1945
- Part of modernism is people who are making a dam and then documenting the making of the dam
- Damian Smyth – Market Street
- Rukeyser, William Carlos Williams (Patterson)
- Agony over people living in poverty
– Who is being grieved in this moment?
- Dorothea Lange asked to talk to white people
– How is race factoring into this?
– Complicated moments of racial context
- Informed consent
- Agee article – commissioned to write this
- These issues don’t arise with Street in Bronzeville
- Voices of people affected by the war
- Brooks – Kitchenette Building
– Charts degrees of race
– Crisis of the war in terms of race relations in America
– Harlem renaissance
— Race + class + gaze
— Writing a poem at a certain place at a time and what is there & then
- Ballad of Pearl May Lee
- This week’s assignment – poem for a building (e.g. Kitchenette Building) or person (more examples in Brooks collection)
- Gwendolyn Brooks did groundbreaking work within her own community
- Ballads, sonnets, open form poems – feels like walking down a street
– Content against the form
- What happened to the people who were photographed?
- Communism, art for the common man…