On the word “Experimental”

The word “experimental” attracts me. I am interested in deviation (and I enjoy the sense of science [and thus procedure] that can come with the word). I would say that I am interested in reading (and writing) the experimental. But as with “beauty,” “experimental” can be primarily subjective. I wish to advocate use of the […]

Comparison and Transformation (A Lesson Plan)

Overall objective: move from comparing nouns (as done by simile and metaphor) to transforming nouns by use of a well-chosen verb that seems to augment the usual abilities of that noun. Level 1: The Simile (approximate time: 5 minutes) Explain definition (relating a noun to another noun through the use of “like” or “as”). Show […]

Why making constraint-based erasures can be good for children

In a previous post, I discussed my procedure in introducing some upper elementary children to constraint-based erasure poetry.  I think that, besides the benefits of creating poetry lateral to the self, this type of engagement with books may be doubly beneficial for children (or any learner). A constraint-based erasure can be done with any text; […]

The first time I led a Poetry Workshop

Last month, I led my first poetry workshop.  The focus was neither revision nor editing.  The focus was on beginning and writing a poem, specifically the genesis of a poem with the use of a source text—a generation I managed to explore with a group of children. I was welcomed to engage with the upper […]

When writing of Place, consider various meanings of the term “Location”

I think writing of place should explore location in as many senses of the word as possible. Geographic location: the urban, the landscape, with the entrance of wildlife and domestic animals if accurate. Location in time: beginnings, endings, in-betweens, and memory’s effect in urging recontextualizing. Location relative to another person: understandings and misperceptions, intimacies and […]

A Brief Statement on the Desire for Risk

Below is a “bias statement” written in the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester. … Dislikes.  I dislike it when a poem does not seem to engage in any risks.  That is, when it looks, smells, tastes, feels like what readers expect from typical poem-ness.  When it uses phrases that sound like something easily said […]

To read what averts or what attracts?

[Originally written in June 2013] The simple answer is: do both.  But with an emphasis on reading what attracts until it doesn’t attract any more.  Once what attracts begins to sound the same—once you feel like a genre/subgenre/writer/work becomes monotone, move on…if your enthusiasm brought you enough motivation to reach the point of feeling exhaustion […]

The pleasures of the ’Pataphysical novel: The Exploits & Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician

My previous post on this subject focused on The Supermale.  I had mentioned Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician, and now I’ll discuss the pleasures of its overt ’pataphysicality. Regarding Dr. Faustroll himself: Doctor Faustroll was sixty-three years old when he was born in Circassia in 1898 (the 20th Century was [-2] years old). Anomalies are […]

The pleasures of the ’Pataphysical novel: The Supermale

In a previous post, I considered what makes fiction a page-turner and how a page-turner often is richer in plot than language.  But there is another factor I want to mention: the value of a novel creating its own system of reality.  In other words, its own metaphysics.  In still more other words, perhaps its […]

Why you should know of ’Pataphysics, Part 1

Because we think of definitions as a form of knowledge, I suppose I should tell you what ’pataphysics is defined as if I am to construct premises that ultimately answer this post’s title.  Whew.  Well, in ‘Pataphysics: A Useless Guide, Andrew Hugill says: To understand pataphysics is to fail to understand pataphysics.  To define it […]