Post by Michelle Lerner on Jan 7, 2023 10:14:47 GMT -5
Hi, I'm Michelle Lerner. I've lurked around ModPo for a while, listening to or reading random materials and sessions but never really committing to doing a whole course. I'm a narrative poet and got an MFA years ago in a program mostly for language poets, so have an eclectic reading history that has missed a lot, including Joan Retallack who I've never read. I was a legal aid and animal protection lawyer before getting sick 6+ years ago, and since then have been retired due to illness and have become a fiction writer and have been spending much less time with poetry. I'm trying to dive back in, and hope to spend more time with this course than I have in the past. Thanks for offering it.
Hey everyone! So glad to check in and find that SloPo is really here! I'm Jane, a retired technical writer from Illinois. I used to live in Peoria, but now live in a small town outside of Alton, Illinois, an old Mississippi River town. I hope to participate in SloPo this year. Thank goodness for Al's reminders!
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Apologies for my late introduction. My name is Ella Adkins, and I'm a new kid on the ModPo and SloPo block. I am poet, teacher and creator living in "Vancouver", Canada, on the traditional and unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
I work full time as an elementary music teacher/I'm currently working on my first book of poems (eep!) so this is my after school and weekend activity !
Somewhat new to Joan Retallack (was introduced through PoemTalk 175!) and excited to dive even deeper.
Hyped to share this space with all you wonderful people!
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Post by Leigh Jacoby on Jan 7, 2023 13:01:11 GMT -5
I'm Leigh. I'm a retired English teacher and I live in Los Angeles. I've been participating in ModPo for several years (I've lost count) and SloPo is one of my very favorite parts of the ModPo year. I have never really enjoyed Retallack when we skim over her work during symposium mode so I'm happy to get a chance to read her more closely. Other than my literary interests I am an amateur mycologist, a California native plant enthusiast and a birder. Like reading poetry, these things all help me slow down and be present in the world.
Hello, Jason here. SloPo last year was thrilling and now I'm back for more. Like most people here, I am an Al Filreis stan, and will never pass up the opportunity to receive his wisdom and the generosity of his convivial inquiry! What else do I like to do? I'm a dilettante with catholic tastes--so I'm down for just about anything that doesn't involve loss-of-limb or Ticketmaster surcharges (and sometimes those things go hand in hand!)
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Post by Martin Porter on Jan 7, 2023 18:42:18 GMT -5
Hi All, I'm Martin, I've been pottering along in ModPo for quite a few years now. I'm relatively ancient, I am retired and I now live in Somerset, UK. I have a scientific background, but a longstanding interest in poetry and micro-prose. I was lucky to visit Erica's office hours in 2022 and was thrilled to discuss Retallack's work there. the Poethical Wager has been lurking in my thinking for some time now, so this will be an interesting consolidation opportunity for me. I will be around even if I am quiet, but I hope to be actively involved. Also looking at this new format with interest...
My name's Anna and I'm from the UK. I've joined in with the Modpo during symposium mode a couple of times, but this is my first Slopo course and I'm really excited to get started! I graduated with an English degree in 2021 and am just about to start my dream job in music marketing - I love the opportunity Modpo gives me to continue engaging with literature after my degree, and really enjoy the community aspect of it.
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.
That should have been SloPo not sloppy - obviously my typing/editing was being sloppy
Post by Laura De Bernardi on Jan 9, 2023 23:06:45 GMT -5
I have been at ModPo for a few years now and have learned much. I have learned here to think for myself and to be at the centre of my own poetic journey. I find ModPo challenging but also enriching. I seem unable to learn any other way. I have to go 'up against' in order to grasp what I must more closely 'lean towards'.
I am not convinced by the position Joan Retallack takes on 'radical unknowability.' She dismisses Buddhism as a system devoted to inaction, whereas I have experienced it as an unveiling of what can be 'radically known' in the process of which ethical action springs. I believe that, artistically, chance actions may prompt greater fluidity of thinking processes - playfulness and creativity go hand in hand, no question. But whether other equally vital processes of intelligent investigation and discrimination, emotional awareness and moral acuity etc, also arise in the process is dubious. I'm not convinced but I'm not closed either.
Post by Greg Colburn on Jan 10, 2023 21:14:49 GMT -5
Hi, I'm Greg. I'm new to ModPo... took my first class in autumn... not very familiar with Joan Retallack. I've listened to many of the Poem Talk podcasts. Excited to learn more about this influential poet and theorist.
Post by Terry Talty on Jan 13, 2023 18:36:40 GMT -5
Hi Al, and all my current and soon to be new friends in this Joan Retallack SloPo. Around ModPo since 2013, when poetry first became a community for me instead of a private read. Joining late but have done a lot of previous reading of her poetry and prose. Looking forward to learning from you all.