“Exact” by Rae Armantrout
Read the Poem Together: Text Rendering Student read Another student read Line by line reading Sentence by sentence reading Choral read
Pointing Bracket three chunks of language from the poem that you are drawn to. Rank the three in order of preference with 1’s being your favorite choice, 3’s your least favorite.
Spontaneous sharing • No disclaimer rule • Start with the 1’s; when it seems as if all the 1’s have been shared, start with the 2’s. • Silence is no big deal. • If more than one person starts, just wait and let one go. • Do not discuss. • Do not say anything about who should go at all. • Do not apologize. • Only the text from the poems should ring in the room. • Absolutely NO other talking.
Writing Around the edges of the paper, make a list of exactness in your life. List and list and list until time is called. Do not talk please. 3.5 minutes Begin to add things that you wouldn’t necessarily want to say out loud. Keep listing exactness.
Poems happen in fast ways.. Start a fresh page in your WNB. Label it AW #16: “Exact” Write a poem using as many of the exact ideas from your list. Sample: “Over and over” by Sue Bull – Written in 6.5 minutes, summer of 2011 You can use the model poem to help you. 8.5 minutes to finish.
Sharing • No disclaimer rule • We all had the same amount of time • No one is going to die if you wrote a sh@#% poem • Use the remaining class time to work on poetry!! • Encyclopedias are in the process of being graded.