for Week Three
The assignment for Week Three is to write or revise a poem, paying
particular attention to your "voice" in the process. Be aware of
the persona you assume as you write. Is it "you?" Or is it
a character you've created?
Imagine the person or people to whom the words of your poetry "speak"
as you write them.
Imagine the details of an interpersonal setting (a
reading? a conversation? etc.) in
which the poem will be communicated.
Be aware of the tense[s] you have chosen to write the poem. Are
you narrating something from long ago? Does narrative time
distance between the event or subject and your narration enhance the
experience of writing? Or would it facilitate the process to
return to the time that it happened, so that it seems to be occurring
before your eyes as you write, and as the reader eventually
reads? What would happen if you were to experiment with a change
of tense or narrative time distance?
Be aware of your choice of narrative "person" [first ["I"], second
["you"] or third ["he" or "she"], or first person plural ["we"] or even
third person plural ["they"]. What might happen if you were to
experiment with a change? Would it enhance the comfort of your
Allow these contemplations to affect the way you write and complete the