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Week 13 Atwood, Raj Pal, and the end of term

December 3rd, 2012 by Colin Martin
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So be sure to have finished the material in the course pack as we’ll be looking at that this term and get those blog comments in! For those who weren’t in class on Thursday, take the time to review the submission guidelines and remember that only material that has been posted to this blog can be included in the submission for Thursday. If you have questions, come see me during office hours or send me an email.

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Week 12 di Michele and Starnino

November 26th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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In a sense, we could call this “Italian-Canadian” week, with attention to poems by Mary di Michele and Carmine Starnino, both of whom currently live in Montreal. What differences do you see in their works? What similarities? To what do you attribute these?

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Week 11 Wah

November 18th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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On Thursday the 15th, our class got an amazing opportunity to see Canada’s Poet Laureate, Fred Wah, perform his work. Knowing that we’re currently reading his book _Waiting for Saskatchewan_, Prof. Wah actually read a number of pieces from that book and gave a shout out to our class. It is unfortunate that so few students attended the reading. I hope that those who did got something cool out of the experience.

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Week 10: Wah’s _Waiting for Saskatchewan_

November 12th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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Wah’s book shifts gears in many ways: what are some of them and how do they affect your reading of the text? Don’t forget that Fred Wah will be performing at the “Poem of the Season” event this Thursday at Pages Books in Kensington, and you can come see Canada’s Poet Laureate in person (and perhaps get your books signed).

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From Brandt to Wah

November 5th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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We keep moving west; this week shifting from Di Brandt to Fred Wah’s _Waiting for Saskatchewan_.

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Week 8 Brandt and “Questions …”

October 29th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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Our next installment; I look forward to hearing your responses to Di Brandt’s book and its associated themes.

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Week 7 Readings, Brand and Brandt

October 22nd, 2012 by Colin Martin
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Often mistaken because of the similarities of their names, these poets identify with quite different groups in Canada and beyond – what do their books tell you about those groups, those identities?

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What Poetry Teaches…

October 15th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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Hi All,

This is just a little article about poetry and teaching/learning that I found interesting and decided to share. Enjoy!

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/what-poetry-teaches-us-about-the-power-of-persuasion/263551/

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Week 6 “No Language is Neutral”

October 14th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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Thanks for your posts thus far, it’s great to see your feedback on the books we’ve read thus far. Brand’s book is a different sort of creature, perhaps, than we’ve seen so far and I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

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Week 5 Whylah Falls

October 7th, 2012 by Colin Martin
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So what are your thoughts about Clarke’s “verse novel”, as we take a deeper look at the idea of the Africadian and a culture that has formed right in Canada but, in some ways, quite separate from it?

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