Week of February 12: (Both class sections) Pedro Pietri continued

On Tuesday 2/12 there are no classes scheduled (PDF!) for Lincoln’s Birthday.

For Thursday 2/14, (happy Valentine’s Day!) we continue with Pedro Pietri…

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

Continue Pedro Pietri’s poetry from the book Puerto Rican Obituary from the same PDF on the Readings page as last week. (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.
  • 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.

Announcements:

  • If you missed class on Thursday 2/7, email me to choose a date for a group presentation.
  • Look for an update 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.

Recap from this week’s classes:

  • Finished the Juan Flores essay (See the Readings page for a PDF)
  • Skimmed Pedro Pietri’s interview (PDF also on the Readings page) and made connections to Pietri’s poetry
  • Started Puerto Rican Obituary (PDF also on the Readings page)
  • Signed up for group presentation dates
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Week of February 5: (Both class sections) Juan Flores and Pedro Pietri

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

Hi everyone,

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

  • You might find it helpful to subscribe to new posts for this site: use the e-mail sign-up form on the main page.
  • If you’re new to the class, welcome! Be sure to carefully review class policies on the syllabus, especially absences and screens in the classroom (they’re not allowed at all).
  • Also see the introductory post for some reading questions for Juan Flores’s essay

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

For Tuesday 2/5:

  • Review the key points of the Juan Flores essay that we covered Thursday: the points he makes here are key to the course.
    • What’s the relationship Flores poses between Caribbean communities in New York City and how does he see this as an alternative model to the Melting Pot Theory?
  • Read the interview with Pedro Pietri (PDF on the Readings page).
  • Apply Flores’s points to Pietri’s interview: that is, see if you can see similarities between Pietri’s life story and Flores’s points.
    • What seem to be key events in Pietri’s life?
    • How do those events seem to affect his outlook on the world?
    • How do those events seem to affect his poetry?
    • What’s his view of organized religion?

Think about the questions above as you read and take notes on them.

Highlights from 1/29 and 1/31 classes

  • Reviewed syllabus and course policies
  • Started Juan Flores’s essay “The Structuring of Puerto Rican Identity”

For Thursday 2/7, we’ll turn to readings from the Pedro Pietri’s Puerto Rican Obituary PDF (also posted on the Readings page)

. Read 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) 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.
  • What connections do you see between the poem, Juan Flores’s essay, and the interview?

Week of September 4: (NIGHT Class) Juan Flores and Pedro Pietri

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

This is the update for the NIGHTTIME 7:45-9 PM Section. See the other post if you’re in the DAY 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 “@urbwrt2” (no quotes) to sign up. If that doesn’t work, send a text with the message “@urbwrt2” to (608)-467-4328.
  • If you do not have a cell phone capable of text messages, sign up for email notifications at: https://www.remind.com/join/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.

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

For Tuesday 9/4:

  • Review the key points of the Juan Flores essay that we covered Thursday: the points he makes here are key to the course.
    • What’s the relationship Flores poses between Caribbean communities in New York City and how does he see this as an alternative model to the Melting Pot Theory?
  • Read the interview with Pedro Pietri (PDF on the Readings page).
  • Apply Flores’s points to Pietri’s interview: that is, see if you can see similarities between Pietri’s life story and Flores’s points.

Think about the following [above] questions as you read and take notes on them:

  • To be added–watch for an update See above

For Thursday 9/6, we’ll turn to readings from the Pedro Pietri’s Puerto Rican Obituary PDF (also posted on the Readings page)

. Read 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) 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.
  • What connections do you see between the poem, Juan Flores’s essay, and the interview?

Week of September 4: (DAY Class) Juan Flores and 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 9/4:

  • Review the key points of the Juan Flores essay that we covered Thursday: the points he makes here are key to the course.
    • What’s the relationship Flores poses between Caribbean communities in New York City and how does he see this as an alternative model to the Melting Pot Theory?
  • Read the interview with Pedro Pietri (PDF on the Readings page).
  • Apply Flores’s points to Pietri’s interview: that is, see if you can see similarities between Pietri’s life story and Flores’s points.

Think about the following [above] questions as you read and take notes on them:

  • To be added–watch for an update See above

For Thursday 9/6, we’ll turn to readings from the Pedro Pietri’s Puerto Rican Obituary PDF (also posted on the Readings page)

. Read 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) 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.
  • What connections do you see between the poem, Juan Flores’s essay, and the interview?

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?

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?