It’s 5 a.m. here in southern Quebec, Canada and I’m lying on the couch contemplating the state of the world, so it’s a huge relief to know that I can once again dive into poetry with other aficionados. I completed my first ModPo session this past fall (2022) and what a joy it was. I’m hungry for more. As a professional translator (newly retired), I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words, but never tire of them. Truth is, I’m addicted to them, in any form, in any language. Understanding is not always necessary; sonorities sometimes speak louder than text. It’s great to get fragments of embodied sounds through the audio and video resources of ModPo/SloPo/UPenn. I’m happy to be here and look forward to the coming weeks with you all. Lou Nelson
Post by carolinedavies on Jan 6, 2023 6:20:29 GMT -5
Hello everyone, I'm looking forward to reading and discussing Joan Retallack's poems. I don't know her work at all. I live in the UK, north of London in a village in Buckinghamshire. I've dipped in and out of ModPo over the past few years and managed to make more time for it in 2022. I also join the European meet-ups organised by Max McKenna which are great for enabling us to discuss poems together in the quiet season. Work and family commitments often take up much of my time but I shall aim to join in as I can.
Hello all. I am Lowell. ModPo original. I treasure this community but am not given to instant responses so I will be buried in the forum. I don’t mind. I will be here learning about JR for the first time. That is enough for me.
Hi! I'm Emily. I'm new to SloPo (and while I haven't participated much in ModPo, I am avidly following along!). I'm from Honolulu, Hawaii. I love writing poetry, reading creative nonfiction (and in my other time I go to the ceramics studio at my school to sculpt). Though I've never read Joan Retallack's writings, I am excited to do so in this session.
I've been doing ModPo since 2014. I think I've just done one other sloPo which was on Wallace Steven's and it was great! I'm from Massachusetts but I live in Charleston, SC now, hoping to go back to New England in the next couple of years. Besides reading and writing poetry I work three days a week and I also like to make jewelry. Looking forward to this SloPo.
Post by Ray Schrempf on Jan 6, 2023 10:54:40 GMT -5
I’m very thankful to Al and his people for providing this opportunity to read Joan Retallack more closely. I live in a small place called Little Pike on the shore of Lake Huron in Canada and work as a mariner. My stock of formal education is not profound but have done my best to keep up in ModPo in the past. Right now I am working through the list of Retallack materials in ModPo and am very much taken with “The Ventriloquist’s Dilemma” at the moment. What they are saying about bird song is lovely. And I love what Jena Osman said in the “Not a Cage” discussion: It was just really nice to revisit the Cagean idea that to be released from familiar logics is very delightful.
I have discovered the Cage piano pieces through this which are also delightful of course. Modest proposal: how about a Slo-Po for bird song?
My name is Ross D'Emanuele. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm a health care attorney. I first picked up ModPo (and poetry generally) while working home during the pandemic in 2020. I've enjoyed residing in the fairer house! In addition to reading poetry and work, I play tennis, collect records (a bit obsessively), frustratingly attempt to write, visit Minneapolis breweries, and (during this time of year) x-country ski on the Minneapolis lakes.
I like learning about new poets I'm not familiar with, and thinking about why they write, what compels them. So this SloPo is intriguing, I'm looking forward to it, and thank you all for participating!
Hi, I'm new to all this. I completed ModPo last year and wanted to keep it going, so here I am. My name is Lance and I live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Other than the poem of Joan Retallack's we read in ModPo this year, she is new to me, but I am excited to read more of her poetry.
I have participated in ModPo for several years (5+; I didn't notice what year it was when I started) and SloPo for the past couple of years (especially loved Spicer with Jason Z last spring). Last year (meaning 2021) I completed all the ModPo requirements except the forum participation portion -- a shortcoming I am trying to overcome (and I hope doesn't bode ill for this SloPo!). Posting is a challenge because I have focal hand dystonia in my dominant hand (and dictation on the Mac is tedious), because I'm shy and quiet by nature, and (mostly) because I am often intimidated by all the amazing postings by fellow Po-mates.
I am a retired physician, an avid reader (who here isn't?), and a gardener. I discovered Joan Retallack through ModPo and PoemTalk. I was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in 2020, and it has been progressing the past several months. I find that thinking about death pretty much every day has a way of keeping me focused on the important (to me) things in life, like being a better person and not wasting too much time on stupid stuff (like US politics). Sorry; this might be TMI.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this journey.
Post by Carla Stein on Jan 6, 2023 14:35:28 GMT -5
Happy 2023 to everyone! This is an exciting way to start the new year. I'm a writer/poet/visual artist who has been dipping into ModPo for a few years. This is the first time I've participated in a SloPo course. I have so appreciated the resources that ModPo makes available. I've been introduced to many poets I had been previously unfamilar with and have been thrilled to know that there are poets from my neck of woods (British Columbia,Canada) that have contributed to ModPo discussions. I also am part of a thriving literary organization on Vancouver Island and host a regular readers/open mic series.
Post by weeredbistro on Jan 6, 2023 14:39:29 GMT -5
Hello from Scotland. Quite a few years since I did the ModPo initial course. I've dipped in and out since then irregularly. Decided to try a sloppy mini course to remind myself of close reading and return to poetry.
Post by marciacamino on Jan 6, 2023 14:57:25 GMT -5
Happy to be SloPo'ing for the first time. My name's Marcia (MAR-shuh). I meandered through ModPo beginning in 2020--that fitful first pandemic summer--and I'm all the better for it. I love ModPo and love poetry more than I can articulate and am looking forward to sharing and learning with you all. Besides poetry, I love yoga, swimming in the ocean, dogs, and road trips. Happy 2023, poetry lovers!
Hello, I am Nella, and I am ModPo returner. I followed many discussions on SloPo including wonderful Mandana's treads about John Ashbery, also I was a SloPo participant concerning Lorinne Niedecker, Lydia Davis and occasional participant of several other mini-courses. And I am new to Joan Retallack's poetry.
Hi! I'm trying to get back into my groove as a writer, with an emphasis on poetry. I have had a stroke, and it has left me paralyzed on the right side, and with speech and language deficits (which are a pita). I tried to take the ModPo and it didn't go well, but I'm trying this one, hoping a slower pace will ease me back in. Other than writing, I love to read, to MUSH (online storytelling)--see the pattern? Creative arts (which has been a challenge to learn with my left hand). Talk/text with my friends on anything and everything. Amongst my favourite poets are Leonard Cohen, T.S.Eliot, Al Purdy, Irving Layton, Rupi Kaur.. so many more!