Poetry and the research conversation

My National Poetry Month posts are self-indulgent.  This year’s is particularly so. Please bear with me, though, as I’ll make an information literacy point (or two). I’m preparing an essay for the Franco-American magazine Le FORUM.  The piece recounts how a certain poem worked with surrounding items in Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum (Le FORUM‘s precursor).  In Read More…

National Poetry Month and info lit

Image from freeimages.co.uk/ For National Poetry Month 2016 I salute an underrated device, the epigraph, “a motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a theme” (Epigraph, 2011).  How do we attribute such a quote when performing a poem orally? Hamilton College  (n.d.) offers tips on citing sources in oral Read More…

Poetry of the Natural Sciences

Image from freeimages.co.uk At first glance poetry and the natural sciences may seem far apart.  As Padel (2011) notes, though, both poetry and science look at concrete particulars (¶ 7). Rillero (1999) describes the use of haiku in a biology class.  Since haiku concern nature and use few words, they can encourage students to closely Read More…

Poetry of the Social Sciences

Image by Coffeepusher (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons   I wanted this year’s National Poetry Month post to reach beyond the humanities.  In the social sciences researchers have been using poetic techniques to interpret and represent their data. Woodley (2004) describes how poetic devices can aid in analyzing an interview transcript.  Read More…

Poetry/novel pairings

Image by Fancibaer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons To honor both World Book Night (Apr. 23) and National Poetry Month, I’ve paired some novels with poetry collections.  I’ve linked to specific catalog records: any edition of these books will do, though. Novel: The sonnet lover, by Carol Goodman Poetry Collection: Sonnets and poems, by Read More…

The poetics of close reading

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk With National Poetry Month upon us I’m thinking of the different connections between poetry and information literacy.  I’ll start with a powerful connection: close reading. Poetry–especially when read aloud–encourages close reading.  Take the refrain ‘A terrible beauty is born’ from Yeats’s poem “Easter, 1916.”  Do we emphasize the word terrible or the Read More…

Of poems and posts

Image by tukanuk (Benjamin Davidson): Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/tukanuk/4564111366/ and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License. Poetry Month brings to mind my favorite open mic.  Both the open mic and this blog motivate me to write regularly.  How do I keep coming up with new material?  Some strategies serve me well both for blogging Read More…