Thanks, Luke. What you say makes great sense. The size of the group can be overwhelming, for sure.

You might just try starting the course at week 3 (the rise of U.S. poetic modernism):

https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo/home/week/3

The course is always open, entirely free. So you can go into the site now and there won’t be a lot of people. (We restart the 10-week run through the syllabus on September 8, 2018, but as I say the site is open and available now and any time.)

- Al


On Jun 4, 2018, at 11:08 PM, Luke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Oh I probably don't mean anything so practical. I'm used to being overly loud and non-conformist, and the sheer number of people involved was startling.

> please let me know if there's anything I can say or do to help you figure out how the ModPo site works 

I don't think starting with Whitman and Dickinson would help, I can't get excited about them.

Cheers,
Luke

On 4 June 2018 at 19:32, Filreis, Al <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi, Luke - please let me know if there's anything I can say or do to help you figure out how the ModPo site works. It's free and open to all. - Al



From: British & Irish poets <[log in to unmask]AC.UK> on behalf of Luke <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2018 4:32 AM
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Subject: Re: Divya Victor on Whitman
 
Maybe 'they are an acquired taste'? I signed up to ModPo but got overwhelmed, and it seemed weirdly cult like in structure!
Luke

On 3 June 2018 at 18:21, David Bircumshaw <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I am very impressed with the way the notion  of Modpo has been elided into Walt Whitman and Dickinson. Good job you devious slippery scheming shysters aren't removed from historical accuracy by a nationalist agenda. After all, where would we be then?

Great to know a list focused on British and Irish poetry is seen worthy of this attention.

David

On 3 June 2018 at 14:33, Filreis, Al <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


Dear all:

A new video has been added to week 2 of the "ModPoPLUS" syllabus on the various legacies of Whitman and Dickinson. This is a discussion of Divya Victor's "W Is for Walt Whitman's Soul" (from her new book "Kith"). Anna Strong Safford & Erica Kaufman discuss the poem with me. Soon we will add another video in which Laynie Browne & Divya Victor herself also discuss this poem.

Here's the text:  https://media.sas.upenn.edu/afilreis/ModPoPLUS/Victor-Divya_W-is-for-Walt-Whitmans-Soul.pdf

& here's the link to the video: https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo/resources/hQRQK .

To view the video you need to be logged into the ModPo site; it's completely free & open to all here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/modpo

- Al



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