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My favorite parts of this class were the sprawling, Venn-diagrammed discussions we would have surrounding categorization of literature, e-literature, poetry and others. An idea started to emerge over the course of our class sessions that a much wider variety of things could fit into these buckets than we had previously thought. This specifically applied to poetry as we were very reluctant to put any kind of restrictions on what could be poetry or not, with one glaring example. So I decided to use my final project to explore and touch on the various things we encountered this term that could be considered poetry, or at the very least, poetic.
I opened with the plastic bag scene from American Beauty because for me the crux of that scene has always been the ability to glimpse the beauty in something ordinary, or something that wasn’t initially intended for beauty. There are a few other bits in the middle that didn’t come directly from class but that did strike me as poetry in their own way, becoming more than they were initially intended to be, having meaning beyond the words on the page.
I wanted to work in the flipbook sequence from the end of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close because I think it really was poetic, the idea that in rearranging the order of the photographs the person could look like he’s flying back up into the tower rather than falling from it. Then Twitter positively overflowed with lyrical and poetic tweets, in fact if you read the tweets together they kind of form a poem themselves. Then of course I had to end with the washing machine manual, the one thing we could all agree on was absolutely not, under any circumstances, ever going to be poetry. Hope you like!