- Visit to special collections
- Music of 1600s, 1700s
- Lecture/concert Wednesday @ 1
- Turlough O’Carolan
- Assimilation of other folk collections under Irish folk umbrella
- Archive March 7
- Story of how the Bunting Archive came to Queen’s
- Earliest Irish publication of Irish music
*The McKoy Sisters (1851-1912), were conjoined twins. They met autistic pianist Blind Tom (1849-1908) in 1877.
Source: Brooklyn Magazine
Blind Tom (Thomas Wiggins) was an African American pianist and musical prodigy in the 19th century. He published a great number of original compositions as well as having a long, successful career as a performer across the United States, becoming one of the best-known American pianists. While autism was not a known condition during his lifetime, he is now described as an autistic savant.
More information is available at blind tom.org.
- 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…
- Whitman – naming victims to add humanity
– Details -> close focus
- Melodrama of Whitman’s prose
– Sexy: Sense of desiring the bodies even in their death
- Tones of Whitman’s poems changes after he works in a military hospital
– diarrhoea + discharge
- In theory we are all equal
– Union Patriotism vs. Far-reaching – for all dead
– Too much PLURALITY?
– Is it overwritten?
– Form following function – “war is too much”
– American bigness
– What does a list do, grammatically?
– Lists as a democratic, equalising form
- Info point: Diagramming Sentences
- Democracy is partly lyric
- bivouac – “hard camping”
– How does “By the bivouac’s fitful flame” work as a poem?
– Private, tender moments, philosophical considerations
– Poem of bonds + equality
– Juxtaposing beauty + battle
- Sketch artist
- How does photography influence our perception of the truth?
- Is Whitman writing from experience or from a photo?
- Whitman as a formal response to the idea of America
– What does the poem do?
– Whitman tries to make himself a metaphor for America
— Whitman becomes a metonym
– What does the journalism do?
— Journalism as one of the things that “make America great”
— Journalism as the foundation of American equality
— Ethics question of writing about the war without fighting
— “I can’t write the truth”
— War in Iraq: Whitman as first embedded journalist
— Whitman didn’t fight, but he still helped by bringing letters and supplies, green tea, searched for his brother
– Whitman stops being a journalist, wanders around the city, produces Leaves of Grass in 1855
— Whitman worked as a journalist for the Brooklyn Eagle
— Explosion of the printing press in New York at this time
— How are the journalism and the poetry relating to each other?
— Poems -> journalistic details -> cameos, place names
— journalistic gestures vs. poetic gestures in the collection
— Leaves of Grass: Anonymous Review! (written by Walt Whitman)
— DESIRE / idea of being solidified by affection
- What happens when you talk to a year, or to a month?
- Assignment: Write a poem “to” a year or month etc (as in Whitman’s)
- Romantic break ups
- Activism? Whitman cared about open space in the middle of the city, lungs
What are some of the main differences between poetry and standard nonfiction?
- the obvious:
– form: what drives it?
- clarity vs. ambiguity
- rhyme (does nonfiction rhyme?)
- density -> concentration
- purpose of information
- role of TRUTH (post-truth?)
- use of page
- everything + nothing
- scope -> scale
- language: stability and instability / different kinds of exact
- spectrum of difference
- there’s no money in poetry 😦