Week of September 5: (NIGHT Class) Pedro Pietri

Pedro Pietri reading at the Poetry Project
Pedro Pietri reading at the Poetry Project

We now move on to a significant poet and key person in defining the Nuyorican movement: Pedro Pietri

For Tuesday 9/5:

  • review the key points of the Juan Flores essay that we covered Thursday: the points he makes here are key to the course.
  • Read the interview with Pedro Pietri (PDF on the Readings page). Read this first.
  • Next, start on the section from his book Puerto Rican Obituary, also posted on the Readings page as a separate PDF. Focus on the poems:”Puerto Rican Obituary” (Note: “Puerto Rican Obituary” is both the title of his most well-known poem and the title of the book it’s from) and “The Broken English Dream”. Be sure to read “Puerto Rican Obituary” slowly and carefully.

Watch Pietri read “Puerto Rican Obituary” here

… and here:

Think of the following questions as you read:

  • How does Pietri’s writing define the urban experience for the people he’s writing about?
  • What type of urban environment does he describe?
  • What language does he use and how does that reflect the urban situation?
  • Do you see any of the points Pietri makes in the interview reflected in the writing? Make note of a few examples.
  • Do points from the interview and poems reflect Flores’s “4 moments”? Make notes of points that do. Highlight/underline and mark specific passages in the readings.

For Thursday 9/7, we’ll continue with readings from the same Puerto Rican Obituary PDF. Read the following poems:

  • “Unemployed,”
  • “Suicide Note from a Cockroach,”
  • “Love Poem for My People,”
  • “OD”

The poems are short, but you’ll have to read them slowly and carefully and take good notes. Focus on the same points as above and think about how Pietri’s work describes the urban experience in general and tells stories of Puerto Rican communities in particular. Also, what similarities do you see between his work and other urban narratives from TV, film, or music?

 

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Week of September 5: (DAY Class) Pedro Pietri

Pedro Pietri reading at the Poetry Project
Pedro Pietri reading at the Poetry Project

We now move on to a significant poet and key person in defining the Nuyorican movement: Pedro Pietri

For Tuesday 9/5:

  • review the key points of the Juan Flores essay that we covered Thursday: the points he makes here are key to the course.
  • Read the interview with Pedro Pietri (PDF on the Readings page). Read this first.
  • Next, start on the section from his book Puerto Rican Obituary, also posted on the Readings page as a separate PDF. Focus on the poems:”Puerto Rican Obituary” (Note: “Puerto Rican Obituary” is both the title of his most well-known poem and the title of the book it’s from) and “The Broken English Dream”. Be sure to read “Puerto Rican Obituary” slowly and carefully.

Watch Pietri read “Puerto Rican Obituary” here

… and here:

Think of the following questions as you read:

  • How does Pietri’s writing define the urban experience for the people he’s writing about?
  • What type of urban environment does he describe?
  • What language does he use and how does that reflect the urban situation?
  • Do you see any of the points Pietri makes in the interview reflected in the writing? Make note of a few examples.
  • Do points from the interview and poems reflect Flores’s “4 moments”? Make notes of points that do. Highlight/underline and mark specific passages in the readings.

For Thursday 9/7, we’ll continue with readings from the same Puerto Rican Obituary PDF. Read the following poems:

  • “Unemployed,”
  • “Suicide Note from a Cockroach,”
  • “Love Poem for My People,”
  • “OD”

The poems are short, but you’ll have to read them slowly and carefully and take good notes. Focus on the same points as above and think about how Pietri’s work describes the urban experience in general and tells stories of Puerto Rican communities in particular. Also, what similarities do you see between his work and other urban narratives from TV, film, or music?

Welcome to Fall 2017! (NIGHT class): Week of August 29

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This is the update for the NIGHT class. If you’re in the daytime 3:30-4:45 section go here.

Hi everyone,

First a few housekeeping things before we get to the assignment itself.

  • Remember to sign up for the class text message service from Remind if you haven’t already.
  • Send a text to 81010 with the message “@urbanwrt2” to sign up. If that doesn’t work, send a text with the message “@urbanwrt2” to (608)-467-4328.
  • If you do not have a cell phone capable of text messages, sign up for email notifications at: rmd.at/urbanwrt2
  • You’ll also find it helpful to subscribe to new posts for this site: use the e-mail sign-up form on the main page.

For Thursday 8/29, read Juan Flores’s “The Structuring of Puerto Rican Identity in the US”, from his book Divided Borders. The PDF is on the Readings page. (Password hint: what year is it?)

Also watch this Youtube video of poet Tato Laviera reading his classic poem AmeRican, which Flores references on the last page. (The audio quality isn’t great, so you’ll have to listen carefully.)

Also listen to Felipe Luciano read his poem “Jibaro, My Pretty Nigger”.

Things to think about while reading/ watching:

  • How do these begin to define Nuyorican identity and carve out a specific space in the city landscape?
  • What’s the language used in the poems and who might it appeal to?
  • What are the points of contact that Flores identifies in his essay?
  • How do these points of contact explain how we interact with the urban space?Finally, here’s where the class is from: roughly visualized. See the yellow post-it notes on the map.

Welcome to Fall 2017! (DAY class): Week of August 29

Homer-1st-day

This is the update for the DAYTIME 3:30-4:45 Section. See the other post if you’re in the NIGHT class

Hi everyone,

First a few housekeeping things before we get to the assignment itself.

  • Remember to sign up for the class text message service from Remind. Send a text to 81010 with the message “@urbanwrite” to sign up. If that doesn’t work, send a text with the message “@urbanwrite” to (608)-467-4328.
  • If you do not have a cell phone capable of text messages, sign up for email notifications at: rmd.at/urbanwrite
  • You’ll also find it helpful to subscribe to new posts for this site: use the e-mail sign-up form on the main page.

For Thursday 8/29, read Juan Flores’s “The Structuring of Puerto Rican Identity in the US”, from his book Divided Borders. The PDF is on the Readings page. (Password hint: what year is it?).

Also watch this Youtube video of poet Tato Laviera reading his classic poem AmeRican, which Flores references on the last page. (The audio quality isn’t great, so you’ll have to listen carefully.)

Also listen to Felipe Luciano read his poem “Jibaro, My Pretty Nigger”.

Things to think about while reading/ watching:

  • How do these begin to define Nuyorican identity and carve out a specific space in the city landscape?
  • What’s the language used in the poems and who might it appeal to?
  • What are the points of contact that Flores identifies in his essay?
  • How do these points of contact explain how we interact with the urban space?