Week of February 6: (NIGHT Class) Pedro Pietri

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

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 done so already. Send a text to 81010 with the message “@urbanwrite” 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/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.

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

For Tuesday 2/6:

  • 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 2/8, 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 February 6: (DAY Class) Pedro Pietri

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

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 done so already. 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.

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

For Tuesday 2/6:

  • 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 2/8, 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?

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?

 

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?

Assignment for Thursday 2/16

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

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

  • With the snow day this week, we’re a little behind. We’ll combine the reading due this week (Juan Flores’s “Structuring of Puerto Rican Identity”) and Pedro Pietri readings. Scroll down for details and reading questions.
  • For the new people this week (welcome!) — Remember to sign up for the class text message service from Remind. See instructions on the syllabus
  • 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.
  • Review the presentation I made in the first class on analyzing texts. It’s on the Lecture Notes page.
  •  
    For Thursday 2/16, We now move on to a significant poet and key person in defining the Nuyorican movement: Pedro Pietri.
     

  • There are 3 separate PDF readings we’ll be covering. All are posted on the Readings page). (Password hint: what year is it?) Please bring all of them with you.
  • Review the key points of the Juan Flores essay assigned for this week — “The Structuring of Puerto Rican Identity in the US”, from his book Divided Borders — the points he makes here are key to the course.
  • Next skim the interview with Pietri. The PDF is also on the Readings page.
  • Then, start on the section from Pietri’s book Puerto Rican Obituary, also posted on the Readings page as a separate PDF. Focus on the poem: “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). Be sure to read “Puerto Rican Obituary” slowly and carefully. Optional (from the same PDF file): “Unemployed,” “The Broken English Dream,” “Suicide Note from a Cockroach,” “Love Poem for My People,” and “OD”.
  •  
    Watch Pietri read “Puerto Rican Obituary” here

    … and here:


     
    Think about 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.
  • How are points from his personal outlook on religion, death, and the ambivalence toward the American Dream are reflected in the poems?
  • Use Flores’s essay to analyze Pietri. Which of Flores’s points do you see (or not) reflected in Pietri’s poems? Highlight/underline specific examples.
  • Assignment for February 18: Pedro Pietri’s Puerto Rican Obituary

    Thursday 2/19: Pedro Pietri; “Puerto Rican Obituary”

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

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

  • For the new people this week (welcome!) — Remember to sign up for the class text message service from Remind. See instructions on the syllabus
  • 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.
  • Review the presentation I made in the first class on analyzing texts. It’s on the Lecture Notes page.
  • review the key points of the Juan Flores essay that we covered today — “The Structuring of Puerto Rican Identity in the US”, from his book Divided Borders — the points he makes here are key to the course. The PDF file lives on the Readings page). (Password hint: what year is it?)
  •  

    For Thursday 2/18, We now move on to a significant poet and key person in defining the Nuyorican movement: Pedro Pietri.
     

  • Begin with the interview with Pietri. The PDF is on the Readings page.
  • Next, start on the section from his book Puerto Rican Obituary, also posted on the Readings page as a separate PDF. Focus on the following 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), “The Broken English Dream”, “Suicide Note from a Cockroach”, “Love Poem for My People”, “Unemployed” and “OD”.
  • 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.
  • How are points from his personal outlook on religion, death, and the ambivalence toward the American Dream are reflected in the poems?

    The presentation I did in class on the first day is on the Lecture Notes page. Use some of the contextual questions to help guide your reading and what to focus on.

  • Week of September 8: Pedro Pietri

    Tuesday 9/8: Pedro Pietri; “Puerto Rican Obituary”

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

    For Tuesday, continue reading Pedro Pietri. (Re?)Read “Puerto Rican Obituary” and “The Broken English Dream”. Also read “Suicide Note from a Cockroach”, “Love Poem for My People”, “Unemployed” and “OD”.

    Now that we’ve covered some of Pietri’s life, think about how points from his personal outlook on religion, death, and the ambivalence toward the American Dream are reflected in the poems. Again, look for specific points that reveal how he approaches the subjects and make a note of them.

    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.
  • If you were absent on Thursday 9/3, you missed sign-up for the group presentations. Be sure to email me so we can get you assigned to a group.

    Thursday 9/10: is a Monday schedule in CUNY, so we do not meet. Look for an update early next week for the following reading assignment, though note that we’ll be moving on to Piñero’s Outlaw, so be sure to get a copy.