As I sit here sifting through all the stuff I didn't get done over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I must take a moment to remember how much I love my job. One reason: because I get to create classes like this: MFA Craft & Theory: Poetry of the Unexpected.
It's for Fall 08. I'm going to do a C&T on strangeness in contemporary poetry, whether it's absurd humor, surrealist twists, or good old fashioned bizarre imagery. I'd been thinking about doing place, or sex + violence, or even pedagogy, but this sounds like the most fun. I am definitely using this and this, which I really wanted to steal from Adam, but didn't.
Do you have suggestions, dear readers? The books don't have to be totally inscrutable, since we'll have all kinds of MFA students and preferences. I'm just looking for some strange stuff I may not have encountered yet. I've already taught these ones.
After 8+ years of being "that freaky girl" in workshops, I thought it was time to give poets of the unexpected their due. Maybe we'll begin each session with a collective wail of I DON'T GET IT!
I'm not adopting this book (or a snake), but it sure takes the cake for good title.