My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack by Jack Spicer

By Jack Spicer

In 1965, whilst the poet Jack Spicer died on the age of 40, he left at the back of a trunkful of papers and manuscripts and some copies of the seven small books he had obvious to press. A West Coast poet, his effect spanned the nationwide literary scene of the Fifties and '60s, although in lots of methods Spicer's leading edge writing ran counter to that of his contemporaries within the ny university and the West Coast Beat circulation. Now, greater than 40 years later, Spicer's voice is extra compelling, insistent, and well timed than ever. in the course of his brief yet prolific lifestyles, Spicer bothered the options of translation, voice, and the act of poetic composition itself. My Vocabulary Did This to Me is a landmark booklet of this crucial poet's lifestyles paintings, and comprises poems that experience develop into more and more difficult to discover and lots of released the following for the 1st time.

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In preparation for their poetry performance, the children were divided into groups and each group was allocated a specific animal. When we became their audience, the children had already rehearsed their allocated verses and made face masks. The groups practised their presentation, adding mime and adapting their voices according to the attributes of the animal they were presenting. The groups had been chosen to represent a balance of gender and ability. Some of the children, who were unable to memorise the words, were able to use action or musical instruments.

Because of the bag Pattern and rhyme Nobody comes to the drawbridge. Because of the bag The chorus ‘Because of the bag’ could become ‘Because of the sack’, ‘the box’, ‘the bottle’. Possibilities are endless. When the poems are written the children could devise presentations of these and perform alongside the original. How it worked in the classroom The teacher who we initially approached to work with us on this poem had reservations about using it as she was uncomfortable with the vocabulary used.

Nobody kindles the fire. Because of the bag. Because of the bag. The bag in the hearth. The bag in the hearth with thorns and bones. qxd 24/6/08 10:17 Page 30 Creative Approaches to Poetry for the Primary Framework for Literacy The bag with beads and burrs and stones. The bag with rue and a sprig of thyme: a strange collection of things to rhyme, of things to finger and things to tell, and things to cast their silent spell. And nobody comes to the house. Because of the bag. (Tony Mitton, 1998) I was drawn to this poem from the first reading for a variety of reasons.

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