Hello my Punky Monkeys...a little late with the blog post this week, but hey! It's spring break and we can all afford to chill a bit.
First, for those of you who are mondo Shel Silverstein fans, check out HERE for more info on the new book of his poetry coming out this year. You know, Uncle Shelby may be gone, but his work lives on in our memories and in the books he's left behind.
Now...onto the latest stuff You Need To Know...
In our last class we had a look at some of the different forms longer poems can take -- narrative poems, odes, elegies, lyric poetry and so on. We spent quite a bit of time looking at the idea of satire and all the forms it can take, particularly in relation to verse.
So, by the time we return to class on April 1st [that most Foolish of days...!], you should bring with you the first draft of a long-form satirical poem -- format of your choice. You also need to bring a line drawing illustration in the style of our beloved S. Silverstein for one or both of your short form poems. You've also been given a Most Excellent selection of pieces to read from STORIES, edited by the mop-haired and charming Neil Gaiman, and some accompanying questions of a most thought-provoking nature. And a few of you [You KNOW who you are....she sez, darkly] have not yet had your author photographs taken, so those who fit in this category may bring with them photo props as you choose, and we'll take your picture with same.
Expect more music, madness and mayhem in our next class. See you there!