Hugo House Eastside Course at Park Place Books, Jan 23 – Feb 26, 2007
Organic Poetry Course Outline
Week I: Origins of North American Organic Poetry:
Whitman and Williams.
AG on 1st Thought, Best Thought.
AG on Whitman.
Writing Exercise One – Short Exquisite Corpse
Walt Whitman –
31, 1819 at West Hills, Huntington Township,
1831 - 1855, office boy, apprentice printer,
printer, teacher, editor, newspaper columnist.
1855 takes out copyright on Leaves
Come, sections of Song of Myself, and I Sing the Body Electric.
Writing Exercise Two – Two Person Corpse.
William Carlos Williams –
18, 1883 in Rutherford, NJ.
to English immigrant Father and Puerto Rican Mother.
1897 began study in Europe (Switzerland and Paris), then entered Medical School
at Penn, where he befriended Ezra Pound and H.D. Was part of the Imagist
movement in 1912/3, Published Spring and
All – 1923; The Wedge, 1944 (with
reference to the FIELD); Paterson, Book I,
1948 (book V was published in 1958; The
Desert Music and Other Poems – 1954 and Pictures from Brueghel
and Other Poems, 1962, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize posthumously
in 1963. During WWI, he was associated with a group of artists that included
Marcel Duchamp and later was published in the special
Objectivists edition of Poetry Magazine, February 1931. He hated the influence
of T.S. Eliot, saying his work had set back American poetry 100 years. He wrote
plays and prose, was denied a post as a consultant to the Library of Congress
(the forerunner of the Poet Laureate position) in 1952/3, a victim of the
McCarthy era red-baiting, and was a huge influence on the Beat Generation, the
San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Mountain
and New York Schools
of poetry. Charles Olson, Robert Creeley and Denise Levertov are three of the
main close influences of WCW. Died March
Chains, This is Just to Say, intro
of The Wedge; excerpt from Paterson and
excerpt from Asphodel, That Greeny Flower.
Writing Exercise Three – Phrase Acrostic.