Lawyers | Poets | Poetry
Professor James R. Elkins
College of Law :: West Virginia University
Week 1 (August 21, 2017):
Introduction to the Course
Reading about Poetry (essays and articles in the "an introduction" green file folder)
Perusing: "Miscellany of Notes & Fragments for Students in Lawyers, Poets, and Poetry."
Week 2 (August 28, 2017): A First Evening of Poetry
Course Anthology: The Course Anthology is Legal Studies Forum Poetry Anthology, 41 Legal. Stud. F. 1-657 (2017). The first assignment in the Course Anthology: pp. 17-132
Featured Poet: A Poet's Evening: Joseph Caldwell (a Charleston, West Virginia lawyer and poet) [on-line text]
Web Resources: Richard Taylor
Poets Laureate Talk about Poetry Out Loud [4:21 mins.] [Kentucky Arts Council] 2016 Kentucky Writers Day: Richard Taylor [5:56 mins.] Richard Taylor ["Richard Taylor, previous poet laureate, reads at 2013 Kentucky Writers' Day ceremony"] [5:01 mins.] [ 2013] Spring with Accents [11:05 mins.] [Richard Taylor reads from his book Fading Into Bolivia at the Lexington Public Library's Farish Theater, 2012] Open Mic [3:04 mins.]
Week 3: Monday, September 4, 2017 (Labor Day :: No scheduled class) (Reading Assignment Only) (We will find time, as we proceed, to discuss the poems in this reading assignment.)
Course Anthology: pp. 125-179 (Warren Wolfson, Fiona Tinwei Lam, George Higgins, Thomas J. Erickson, Jacqueline St. Joan, Charles Hughes, Charles Reynard, Laura Schulkind); pp. 259-284 (Peter Hrastovec & Merle Nudelman); pp. 353-408 (Michael Sowder, Shaunna Oteka McCovey, Richard Krech); pp. 443-463 (Reginald Dwayne Betts).
Fiona Tinwei Lam
Writer's Studio Online Info Session
Thomas J. Ericson
In Lieu of Flowers
"That Drink" [0:48 mins.] A Reading-Pt1 [video :: 11:13 mins.]  [reading "The Middle Way," found in the LPP Course Anthology at 358-359] [2:26 mins to 4:58 mins.] Pt2 [8:21 mins.] [another reading of "The Middle Way" :: Salt Lake City Art Reading :: 9:37 mins. to 12:00 mins.]
Week 4: Monday, September 11, 2017: James Clarke
Week 5: Monday, September 18, 2017: James Clarke & Frank Pommersheim
James Clarke, Fugitive Light, 39 Legal Stud. F. 1-89 (2015)
James Clarke, Marginal Notes, 40 Legal Stud. F. 35-97 (2016)
Course Anthology (James Clarke poems): pp. 181-205
Frank Pommersheim’s poems appear in 28 Legal Stud. F. 133-167 (2004); 29 Legal Stud. F. 269-270 (2005); 30 Legal Stud. F. 487 (2006); 41 Legal Stud. F. 309-335 (2017) [Note: a significant number of the poems appear in the LPP Course Anthology, at pp. 309-335.]
Web Resources (Haiku)
Frank Pommersheim: Haiku Inspired Poetry
Week 6: Monday, September 25, 2017: Lawyer Poets & the World of Law
James R. Elkins (ed.), Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law: An Anthology of Poems about the Practice of Law (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2013)
For this week's assignment please read Tim Nolan's introduction (pp. 15-18), and the poetry at pp. 19-80, skipping the poems at pp. 81-100, and picking up the reading again at p. 101 and continue to finish the collection at p. 212. You may also find of interest my note on the "Compilation of the Anthology," at pp.215-219. [Note: If you despair at the prospect of reading so many lawyer-themed poems, you might want to skip the poems in the section titled, "What Logic There Is" (pp. 129-160).]
In addition, to the poems in the Elkins anthology, you might also want to peruse the lawyer|law related poems in the Course Anthology:
Week 7: Monday, October 2, 2017: Steven Richman, Missed Exits, 36 Legal Stud. F. 283-349 (2012)
Week 8: Monday, October 11, 2017: Margaret Hoehn
Margaret J. Hoehn, Trajectories, 33 Legal Stud. F. 1-119 (2009)
Margaret J. Hoehn, Dying Miserably for Lack of What is Found in Poems, 39 Legal Stud. F. 31 (2015) [online text]
Week 9: Monday, October 18, 2017: Charles Willams
Charles Dowling Williams, Seasons at West Wind Farms, 40 Legal Stud. F. 103-261 (2016); West Wind Farm Haiku (xerox handout)
Web Resources: Haiku
Haiku: The Art of The Short Poem Official Trailer [5:51 mins.] [a brief comment by Roberta Beary] Haiku: An Introductory Webinar [16:01 mins.] St. Olaf Asian Studies Haiku Documentary [10:00 mins.] Pt2 [9:58 mins.] Alan's Haiku Journey [15:02 mins.] [Alan Summers, United Kingdom] Amazement of the Ordinar--Life through a Haiku Lens [5:48 mins.] [Alan Summers, TED Talk] The Haiku Foundation Readings: Peter Yovu [8:44 mins.] [reading from his book Sunrise at his Vermont home in 2012] Introduction to Basho's Narrow Road to the Deep North [12:31 mins.] Basho, the Chief Poet of Japan and the Hokku, or Epigram Verses 31:48 mins.] Matsuo Basho: Five Haiku [3:02 mins.]
Week 10: Monday, October 25, 2017: Gerry Grubbs
Gerry Grubbs, Radiant Kingdoms, 40 Legal Stud. F. 1-115 (2016) (Suppl. 1).
Gerry Grubbs, Poems in the Course Anthology: pp. 285-300.
Gerry Grubbs reads "Apple Blossoms [audio :: 0:56 mins.] [WVXU, 2014] Modern Day Poet Hidden in Plain Sight [5:16 mins.]  WVXU (Cincinnati) Interview with Gerry Grubbs [audio :: 9:47 mins.]  Amateur Poets and the Academy [Tyrone Williams, featured blogger, Poetry Foundation]
Week 11: Monday, October 30, 2017: Prose Poems
Course Anthology: Shivani Mehta (473-478); Susan Lewis (479-496); Jim Smith (497-530)
Michael Friedman Poems: 28 Legal Stud. F. 571-579 (2004); Michael Friedman, 30 Legal Stud. F. 531-540 (2006)
James Clarke Poems: Course Anthology (188, 192, 199, 201)
James Clarke, Old Wine | New Skins, 39 Legal Stud. F. 115 (2015) (adaptation & recomposition by James R. Elkins based on the poems of James Clarke)
Week 12: Monday, November 6, 2017: Course Anthology Poems
Course Anthology: Barry George (301-308); Anita S. Pulier (531-544); Ann Tweedy (559- 558); Kristin Roedell (559-563); Ron Self (591-598); Shahilla Shariff (615); Sherri Felt Dratfield (619-623); Najwan Darwish 625-635); David Krieger (637-650); and the Merle Nudelman poems (265-284) assigned in the Course Anthology for the Labor Day (Sept. 4) class, poems that we did not discuss in class.
Note: For Commentary by E.D. Hirsch on Reading & Writing about Poetry (for those of you who may be pursuing an alternative to the 'compose and introduce' a personal anthology of poetry) see: Edward Hirsch: Poets Writing Prose [14:05 mins.] [Hirsch's statement begins at 5:25 mins. and ends at 7:50 mins.] How to Read a Poem & Fall in Love with Poetry [1:20:24 mins.] [Hirsch's statement begins at 14:29 mins. and ends at 18:58 mins.]
Week 13: Monday, November 13, 2017: Discuss the "Miscellany of Notes & Fragments for Students in Lawyers, Poets, and Poetry," the compilation of notes and statements about poetry that was provided to you earlier in the semester.
Monday, November 20, 2017 | Thanksgiving Week | No Classes
Monday, November 27, 2017 | No Assigned Reading for this Post-Thanksgiving Class.November 28th, is the last day of scheduled classes.