Writing a Biopoem

For your Wild Card, you might consider submitting a Biopoem (or two!) on a character you encountered this semester.


Line 1: First name
Line 2: Four traits that describe that character
Line 3: Relative of (brother of, sister of, and so on)
Line 4: Lover of (list three things or people)
Line 5: Who feels (three items)
Line 6: Who needs (three items)
Line 7: Who fears (three items)
Line 8: Who gives (three items)
Line 9: Who would like to (three items)
Line 10: Resident of
Line 11: Last name


Some ways to think about the Negative Dialectic

First, there’s this quote by Benjamin that we discussed about historical progress.

Here are also a few resources that might help you out.

References in The Girl With All the Gifts

Random Things of Interest

This article – “Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice” – over at the blog thenerdsofcolor came up on my Facebook feed. I thought it might be of interest (especially as we’re talking about Butler’s “Speech Sounds” tomorrow). It also touches upon some of the initial discussions we’ve had around dystopian/post-apocalyptic lit thus far. An excerpt:

In her unfinished manuscript of Parable of the Trickster, the final in the Parable series, Octavia Butler wrote,

There’s nothing new
under the sun
but there are new suns.

The science fiction — or speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, etc. — we humans create doesn’t appear out of the ether. Whether it’s Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Star Wars, these fantastical worlds end up exploring issues like war, racism, gender oppression, power, privilege, and injustice. There is nothing new under the sun. But as Butler so deftly tells and shows us in her novels, these new suns offer us infinite new opportunities to re-envision our current world.

And then there’s this post-apocalyptic Charlie Brown and Snoopy (from over at boingboing). Just because.



See everyone tomorrow,