This week we started off with Ben introducing us to Ross Gay, a very interesting poet whose poems tend to have a big switch of tone towards the middle almost every time. Sometimes even if you expect the sudden shift, you would still find yourself caught off guard by how he does it. That's how I see it anyways. Being exposed to Ross Gay was a very eye opening experience. The fact that he delivers each poem that has written in a very enthusiastically comfortable manner helped me connect to each and every word he says even more. This in turn just helped me understand the main message of each poem a lot more.
Moving on from Ross Gay. We also worked on our revisions with our creative writing pieces that we have been doing every week. I personally chose to revise and look at my "I remember" piece. Just the fact that it had me going through my own memories and living through a very specific one that is quite literally the point in where my life took a huge turn resonated with me a lot more than my other pieces. It spoke to me in a deeper level and this fact gave me the drive to want to improve the piece even more. I might even think of finishing it. I didn't get the chance to actually implement any of the comments I left in my document, but I had the chance to write down the revisions that I wanted to add in a later date.
The week also marked the "beginning" of our "What is Literature" project. My group, BEB (Bryll, Eric, & Bryan), chose to work on structure and humor for our project. For structure we had to pick just one of the short stories presented to us and we chose "The Magic Barrel" by Bernard Malamud. For humor we had to choose two of the four short stories presented to us. We chose "Rape Fantasies" by Margaret Atwood and "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville. Then we just chose which one would read which story. I got "Rape Fantasies," Eric got "Bartleby the Scrivener," and Bryan got "The Magic Barrel." I already finished reading my story and I found it very interesting. It does have some humor in it, but it also dealt with something dark, which intrigued me to read on more.