I am currently running Poetry Madness 2008 over at my classroom blog. If anyone is interested in participating, shoot me a line through the comment feature below and I’ll set you up with an ID. My forums have been a little low on discussion, as my students prefer to chase me down in the hall, but I’d love some input from the outside world.
May 2, 2008
March 27, 2008
I got the following in my e-mail. Since next month is National Poetry Month, I decided to pass it along. It came from Dee Rimbaud, author of some of the books above. Let me know if anyone sends something in.
The Melted Rubber Humans are looking for mp3 files of spoken word/ poetry readings (either live or studio) to be incorporated in a series of albums of ambient/ experimental music.
They are looking for poetry which deals with the following topics:
1. God/ the Goddess/ spirituality;
2. sex/ gender/ sexuality;
3. power/ politics/ corruption;
4. love/ want/ need;
5. fear/ despair/ greed.
They are looking for poetry with a rich, interesting and/or experimental approach to the use of language and especially those read with voices that reflect the feeling of the poem.
The plan is to select lines or verses from poems and to blend them into a sound-collage; a musical equivalent to the art of the Dadaists. The finished albums will be posted at http://www.virb.com/melted_rubber_humans and will, like their previous three albums, be available for free download.
Poems can either be submitted by email or snail mail.
Email submissions are limited to one mp3 file with a 2Mb maximum file size and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FAO: Captain Melted” in the subject line.
There are no file size limitations for These should be sent on CD to Dee Sunshine, 35 Falkland Street (0/1), ..
There is no deadline as this will be an ongoing project.
Further information about The Melted Rubber Humans can be found at www.myspace.com/captainmelted.
March 19, 2008
I am running Poetry Madness again this year, but I am hosting it on my classroom website. You will need to create a user account through Edublogs to participate. I’d love to have some outside opinions of the sixty-four poems to use with my students.