Below, you will find six examples of distinctive voices in a variety of genres. Please read/watch all of these:
“Lincoln Road Poem”
Campbell McGrath is a poet and critic who teaches at FIU.
by Maureen Seaton
Seaton is Professor of English at the University of Miami and a leader in the concrete poetry movement. She is also acclaimed for her more traditional “page poems,” including collaborations.
“Driving While Stupid”
Miami’s most beloved columnist lets loose. Consider his signature tone, and the diction he employs to kindle it.
“Are You a Rebel?”
The Krane Theater was started by writer and visual artist Vanessa Garcia at the back of her father’s store. Please watch the Rebel Origins performance in its entirety.
“A Winter Ode to the Old Men of Lummus Park”
As you listen, pay attention to the final image. Listen again.
“The Anthology of Rap”
Adrian Castro is a poet, performer and interdisciplinary artist who is also an Ifá priest and a Babalawo (a father or master of mysticism), a title which, in the Yoruba language of Nigeria, denotes a priest of a divination system that represents the teachings of the Orisha Orunmila, the Spirit of Wisdom. Castro’s poems draw on Ifá divination.
Drawing from the six examples above, choose three of them that inspire a strong response (could be positive, negative or anything in between) and post a thoughtful, detailed explication (what you think happens, what you think it means) that may also include some questions for the rest of the group. Questions such as “Why is this a poem?” aren’t as meaningful as comments along the lines of, “Why is the poem called Peace when the birds are screaming like crazy?” And, “What makes this a poem instead of a video?” Each post should be two paragraphs in length.