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Blog for Tuesday: Split this Rock!

Hi all,

For Tuesday I’d like you to write about your responses to the poetry performances we saw last night at Split this Rock! poetry festival.  Some possible questions are:

How did the experience of seeing the poetry performed add to your understanding/experience of Espada’s poetry?   Did the poetry successfully advocate for the causes to which it was directed?  What is the role of poetry according to the poets who performed last night (Sonia Sánchez, Martín Espada, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye and Alix Olson)?  In expressing a clearly pro-peace, anti-war message, were the poets’ cases convincing?  In what ways were they convincing and in what ways could they have possibly been more so?

If you were unable to join us last night, listen to some of the samples on www.poets.org, such as the ones that appear below for Naomi Shihab Nye and comment the differences in your experience of reading the poems versus hearing the poet recite them:


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