Revision, Revision

I’ve spent the few days knee-deep in some heavy-duty revision.  I think that I have revised 10 poems or so to my liking.  I’m also happy to report that some literary journals do get a head start on their reading periods, and I was able to send out four packets of poems.  September is one of the craziest months of the year for me, so if I don’t get poems sent out in August, they often don’t get sent out until late October or early November.

However, revision is not just for poetry.  School starts in a few weeks and I’m in the middle of making some important changes in both my developmental writing classes and my creative writing course.  I just got finished with Tom Hunley’s book, Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five Canon Approach, and I am going to revamp my course according to many of the ideals found in this text, including teaching poetry writing in the context of rhetoric and comp theory.  I actually have more “formal” education in rhetoric and comp than I do in creative writing, so I found Hunley’s discussion of theory refreshing compared to many poetry books which deal with craft, but not pedagogy.

I am also designing a new class for my developmental students.  The class, titled “Sports in Popular Culture” is paired with study skills, reading skills and writing components.  I have plenty of reading material, but I am also using some movie clips.  However, I have been a bit disappointed in the selection of sports movies that contain female characters.  So far, I have one selection: Bend it Like Beckham.  Quite a few years ago, I saw a Lifetime (I think it was Lifetime) movie titled Little Girls in Pretty Boxes.  I like the movie well enough, so I found the book which was a great read, and remains a favorite in my journalism class.  However, the movie has never been released on DVD.  If anyone has any thoughts on movies with women sports figures, please let me know!

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6 Comments »

  1. Sara Said:

    Have you checked out “Love & Basketball”? It’s about a boy and girl who both want to be in the NBA. They both play college ball and–if I remember right–the female character is pretty strong (though in the end, of course, it’s all about their relationship).

  2. M.J.Iuppa Said:

    Karen,

    Would the film League Of Their Own work for your class?
    I loved the Bend It/soccer film. The film about the woman golfer,
    Babe. . . I’ll look it up. Title escapes me.

    The one with Muriel Hemingway, it’s track and field. Need to look this up too.

    Oh yes, before I forget,the play The Triangle Factory Fire Project is going to be part of Rochester’s JCC ‘s 2010-2011 season.

    Sounds like you’re doing well.

    M.J.

  3. M.J.Iuppa Said:

    Hi Karen,

    Back again. Here’s the proper titles:

    Mariel Hemingway in Personal Best (compelling movie in 80s and now)

    TV movie (1975) Babe, biography of the golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharas.

  4. Karen Said:

    Thanks M.J. and Sara! A friend emailed me with the suggestion of Million Dollar Baby…which I never thought of.

  5. Thanks so much for the shout out! I hope the book helps with your class. I wrote a follow-up book, THE POETRY GYMNASIUM. It’s a book of ninety-five exercises and student examples, with one chapter devoted to each of the five canons. Wind Publications will be bringing it out in Fall 2011.

  6. Karen Said:

    I will look forward to your next book! Cheers, Karen


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