THE MOTIONPOEMS POETRY CURRICULUM

 

Made for undergrad poetry writing classes—but designed to be adaptable for other levels, courses, and genres.

 

Rather than create a series of lessons that you must teach in a certain order, we’ve created a flexible series of lessons, some of which come with video interviews. You can teach these in a sequence of concept and craft lessons, or you can drop them into a syllabus that you’ve already designed at the appropriate time. It’s also possible, depending on classroom hours, to fill an entire semester with these lessons! If you’re interested in setting up a Skype session with one of our artists, e-mail us to see if a virtual conversation is possible.

 

ANOMALY, PARADOX, & IRONY

 

The List Poem: Anomaly, Paradox, Irony & “Cigar Box Banjo"

A lesson plan by Janet Burroway that uses “Cigar Box Banjo” by poet Kim Addonizio and filmmaker Danny Madden.

 

RHYME

 

Rhyme & “I’m Over the Moon”

A lesson plan by Athena Kildegaard that uses “I’m Over the Moon” by poet Brenda Shaughnessy and filmmaker Jessica Hundley.

 

APOSTROPHE

 

Apostrophe & “The Mother Warns the Tornado”

A lesson plan by Saara Myrene Raappana that uses “The Mother Warns the Tornado” by poet Catherine Pierce and filmmaker Isaac Ravishankara.

 

TONE

 

Tone: “The Long Deployment” & “The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter”

A lesson plan by Janet Borroway that uses “The Long Deployment” by poet Jehanne Dubrow/filmmaker Nicole McDonald and “The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter” by poet Mark Strand/filmmaker Scott Wenner.

 

ENJAMBMENT

 

Enjambment & “Things I Carry Into the World”

A lesson plan by Eric Doise that uses “Things I Carry Into the World” by poet Cynthia Manick and filmmakers Jamil McGinnis and Pat Heywood.

 

BONUS: This lesson plan incorporates a video interview with Cynthia Manick, Jamil McGinnis, Pat Heywood, and producer Claire McGirr. Find it here.

METAPHOR

 

Metaphor & “A Day at the Mall Reminds Me of America” 

A lesson plan by Janet Burroway that uses “A Day at the Mall Reminds Me of America” by poet Sarah Blake and filmmaker Ayse Altinok.

 

ALLUSION

 

Allusions! & “The Robots Are Coming”

A lesson plan by Eric Doise that uses “The Robots Are Coming” by poet Kyle Dargan and filmmaker Julia Iverson.

 

BONUS: This lesson incorporates a video interview with Kyle Dargan and Julia Iverson. Find it here.

 

FIXED FORM/VILLANELLE

 

Fixed Form & “The Long Deployment” 

A lesson plan by Saara Myrene Raappana that uses “The Long Deployment by poet Jehanne Dubrow and filmmaker Nicole McDonald.

 

IMAGE

 

“Either/Or” & the Necessity for Image

A lesson plan by Athena Kildegaard that uses “Either/Or” by poet Maxine Kumin and filmmaker Adam Tow.

IDEA GENERATION

 

Generating Ideas & “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast”

A lesson plan by Saara Myrene Raappana that uses “I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast” by poet Melissa Studdard and filmmaker Dan Sickles.

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