Heyyy all! I’m talkin’ about Instapoetry in today’s episode of Teachin’ Books.
In particular, I share three short exercises I use to teach Instapoetry, two of which (in response to a listener request (!!!)) were designed for online teaching environments. I also chat a bit about the debates that surround Instapoetry and why the question “what counts as poetry?” matters.
- If you’re not familiar with Instapoetry, see work by Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, Atticus, and Amanda Lovelace, who are mentioned in the episode.
- Other poems and poets referred to in the episode include Shakespeare’s sonnets, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night,” bpNichol, Jordan Abel, Nada Gordon’s “Poem to My Enemies,” Craig Dworkin’s “Fact,” Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro,” Vivek Shraya’s “Part-time Woman,” and Robert Montgomery.
- Check out Tenille Campbell’s book #IndianLovePoems and her other Instawork here @sweetmoonphoto. You should also pre-order her new book of poems nedi nezu (Good Medicine).
- The episode photo is a picture of the chair that features in one of the Instapoetry exercises I describe in the episode. Ahhh, an uncomfortable classroom chair in a room that was always too hot... I miss that :(
The podcast music is by Dyalla Swain, whose work you can find here. The podcast graphics are by @muskrathands.
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**Read the transcript for this episode here.**