Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Last of the Niedecker

Please read the rest of Lorine's poetry, and the essays in Radical Vernacular titled "Darkinfested" by Rae Armantrout (pg. 91) "Niedecker, Morris, and the Art of Work" by Elizabeth Willis (pg. 223) and "Take Oil/and Hum: Niedecker and Bunting" by Peter Quartermain (pg. 271).

If anyone would enjoy a study/work night, please let me (Katherine) know, I love to hear Niedecker read aloud. Good luck with your papers/projects!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Radical Vernacular for Middle Niedecker

Sorry for the late post (the essays aren't too long, but they're interesting):

Mary Pinard, "Niedecker's Grammar of Flooding" (21)

Patrick Pritchett, "How to Do Things with Nothing: Lorine Niedecker Sings the Blues" (91)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Middle Niedecker

from the Collected:





Stay tuned for an assignment from Radical Vernacular.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Early Niedecker

From the Collected Works

Please read:

Life and Writing
Poems of 1928-1936
Poems of 1936-1945

Please include the finishing poems of the "New Goose" manuscript

From Radical Vernacular

Please Read:
Eleni Sikelianos:
Life Pops from a Music Box Shaped Like a Gun: Dismemberments and Mendings in Niedicker's Figurines

Lisa Robertson: In Phonographic Deep Song: Sounding Niedecker

Please check back by Wednesday for possible additions,

As always post once by Sunday, April 18th.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Late Oppen Readings

For next Monday, as you may recall, there will be no required blog posting (feel free to post if you please).

Read for Monday:

From the Collected:

Seascape: Needle's Eye
Myth of the Blaze
Uncollected Published Poems
Selected Unpublished Poems

And From the Daybooks:

Daybook V

Feel free to read/disregard the other daybooks.

Also, here are some poets who have been influenced by Oppen's poetry, provided to us by Penn Sound:

Rae Armantrout:

Michael Heller:

Charles Bernstein:


Didn't really read more than a paragraph but seemed relevant if you're up for it. Have a great week!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Middle Oppen

Collected Prose:

Daybooks I & II

Collected Poetry:

The Materials
This In Which
Of Being Numerous

Make sure to give special attention to Of Being Numerous.

Also, as we are going into spring break, post once by Sunday, March 28. And twice overall by Sunday, April 4.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Early Oppen

George Oppen

New Collected Poems (Davidson)--

EDIT: The Introduction by Davidson and the Preface by Weinberger
(Sorry for the late addition/edit, it was unintentionally missed)

Discrete Series (1934) 3-35

Uncollected -- 291-309


313-314 (Stop at a Laced Gaiter)

Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers

Introduction -- 1

Three Poets -- 23

Please read and post once by Sunday, 21st.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Reznikoff, Part the Third

To read for class on 15 March:

By the Well of Living and Seeing

Jews in Babylonia

Last Poems

Appendix: Obiter Dicta

By Wednesday (hopefully) we'll have copies of Holocaust available, in Janet's mailbox in LA 208.

Don't forget to post by midnight on Sunday, and also, have your project proposal ready.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Reznikoff part two

For this week read:

In Memoriam

Separate Way

Going To and Fro and Walking Up and Down


Post by Sunday night, happy reading!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Charles Reznikoff

Reading assignments from
The Poems of Charles Reznikoff
(ed. Seamus Cooney):


Rhythms II


A Fifth Group of Verse


Jerusalem the Golden

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Performances of "A"-24

If you hop over to the PennSound page for Louis Z, there are several performances of "A"-24, the first of which was at Temple in 1972.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Late Z.: Assgnt.

Scroggins 380–396, 442–459

The Catullus excerpts from the selected

All of 80 Flowers (copies will be available in Janet's box)


A-23 from Selected

A section of A-24 (copies will be available in Janet's box)

To get full credit you must:
Post once by the 14th and at least twice by the 21st.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Zukofsky out loud


An interesting post that has links to Zuk's recordings on PennSound as well as a discussion of "Anew" poem 12.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Middle Zukofsky/Scroggins Visit Assignment

Read for next week's class:

L/Z Selected Poems
pp. 22-73, focusing on Anew 12, 20, 21, 22 and 4 Other Countries
pp. 90-116, ("A" 9-16) - focus on 9, 11, 12, but also read 15/16
pp. 152-154 "A Foin Lass Bodders"

238-52 (Analysis of "A" 9-12)
262-98 (bio 1952-60)
368-79 (Translation)

A reminder, the schedule for next week is different. We have a lecture at 3:40 in LA 208, then a break before reconvening at Papa Joe's, 6 p.m.

Definitely focus on the poetry so we can take advantage of Scroggins' expertise.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Early Zukofsky: The Assignment

Scroggins: pp 48-155, 175-198
Bernstein's intro to the Selected Louis Zukofsky
"A Statement for Poetry"

"The Mantis"

From the Selected:

"not much more than being"
"snows' night's wind on the windows rattling"

It may be easiest to use the comment feature for discussion...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I'm not really [happy as] a lecturer, and things may have gone by pretty swiftly yesterday, so if you want to talk about "sincerity" or "objectification" or "Sincerity and Objectification," here's the place to do it.