For the fourth poetry assignment (due Tuesday 02/26 by 6pm), you’ll be writing an “I do this, I do that” poem. The challenge is to find the aesthetic in the mundane. Let your ear (and eye) guide you through your world. It’s almost like a diary entry, but more purposeful. We learn a lot about the speaker through this kind of poem, but not because they tell us what they’re thinking. On the contrary, we see the speaker through what they’re doing and how they’re observing the world around them. Search for interesting elements, names, sounds, sights and bits of speech that will make your poem feel both true to your life but also engaging to your reader. Random yet specific moments of your daily life are your inspiration. Your poem should be at least fifteen lines. Re-reading the poems we read for Monday’s class as well as the O’Hara poems we read last week might help get the balling rolling. Also, here’s another O’Hara poem as an example.