Saturday, July 22, 2006

A (Final) Semester in the Life of a Low-Res MFA Student: The Reading List

Following is my reading list for the Fall Correspondence Semester in the New England College MFA in Poetry Program. The four areas of study are mostly my choice. The reading list is jointly designed with the input of my faculty advisor, Ira Sadoff. (NOTE: Not every book in each packet corresponds with that packet's goal. Also, I'll be reading the Old Testament over the course of the entire semester.)


Packet # 1: Crafting the Long Line (August)

1. CK Williams, TAR.
2. DA Powell, TEA
3. Adelia Prado, ALPHABET IN THE PARK
4. The Old Testament (King James Version) - whole semester
5. Nicanor Parra POEMS AND ANTI-POEMS
6. Ira Sadoff THE IRA SADOFF READER

Packet # 2: Irony in Social Commentary (September)

7. Rodney Jones, APOCALYPTIC NARRATIVE AND OTHER POEMS
8. Dolores Kendrick, WOMEN OF PLUMS, POEMS IN THE VOICES OF SLAVE WOMEN
9. Toni Morrison, PLAYING IN THE DARK: WHITENESS AND THE LITERARY IMAGINATION
10. Patrick Rosal, UPROCK HEADSPIN
11. Robert Stepto, FROM BEHIND THE VEIL: A STUDY OF AFRO-AMERICAN NARRATIVE
12. Major Jackson, HOOPS

Packet #3: Line Break (October)

13. James Tate, THE LOST PILOT (neo-surrealism)
14. Frank O’Hara, THE SELECTED POEMS OF FRANK O’HARA
15. Yannis Ritsos, tr. William Keeley
16. Fernando Pesso SELECTED POEMS, tr. E. Honig
17. Rafael Alberti, THE OWL’S INSOMNIA
18. Nazim Hikmet THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVED

Packet #4: Writing for Performance (November)

19. Jo Bonney (editor), EXTREME EXPOSURE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SOLO PERFORMANCE TEXTS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
20. William Shakespeare, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
21. Robert Hass, PRAISE
22. Susan Mitchell, RAPTURE
23. Cesar Vallejo, SELECTED POEMS tr. Wright and Bly or Alistair Reid
24. Pablo Neruda, Selected POEMS tr. Wright and Bly or Alistair Reid

1 comment:

Collin said...

Lord... more power to you, Ayo.