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Greg McVerry

Writing Documentary Poetry #clmooc #nctevillage #sschat #engchat #writingcommuniy

A Backstage Post Peaking into Two Poems

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Our class has gotten busy crafting documentary poetry. As we study disciplinary this lesson gave us the chance to look at connections between history and Language Arts.

If you want to get involved we added lesson plans and examples to our class wiki

I wrote mine today about the Strawberry Moon (the first full moon in June). My origninal idea I wanted to have a young First Nations child on the shores of Maine lambasting the fall of their people....75%-90% of Alogonquin (a language group on many First Nations)  gout wiped by Small Pox alone.

Yet the more research I conducted the more resilience I saw in a people's fighting for their cultural survival. Did you know citizens of Canada can, and do enlist in US Armed Forces? That into the 1970s parents of "mixed race" children would abandon their kids on resevrations in Canada into the 1970s? That the Wabanaki Confederacy, who fought along side settleres and colonists reformed in 1993?

So much history.

The first poem I wrote focused on the rebirth of the Wabanaki Council. I set out in the tradition of documentary poetry to cast light into darkness but the more I learned the more I got moved. The more I get moved the more my poetry gets affected.

Strawberry Moon

In the second poem I responded to Kevin's poem about having different names for the moon. Many cultures have names for the first full month in June but in the US most of of our lore traces back to Native roots. So I wrote a poem called Lost Words.

Lost Words

It took a bit of research to write these. I list my sources below:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/claudia-julien/grandmothers-statement-from-the-wabanaki-confederacy-c...

https://www.al.com/news/2020/06/strawberry-moon-2020-get-a-look-at-junes-full-moon-tonight-and-tomor...

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/tech/939053/strawberry-moon-lunar-event-tonight/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abenaki#United_States

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabanaki_Confederacy

http://www.muiniskw.org/pgCulture3.htm

https://archive.org/details/algonquinleg00lelarich/page/n21/mode/2up

https://www.healthandenvironment.org/environmental-health/social-context/history/precautionary-princ...

http://www.nativetech.org/wigwam/phototour.html

Greg McVerry

@mz_lat I explored how the poem came to be in this post: https://quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com/2020/05/28/how-a-poem-on-cultural-melanism-came-about-clmo... going to record it for today's podcast been editing the poem a bit,

Greg McVerry

& teachers moving online & thinking about microlectutres,backstage post my planning one for @scsu classes. I have not taught with a ppt in over a year, you do not need to narrate slide decks. https://quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com/2019/07/25/how-i-made-my-lecture-on-disciplinary-literacie...

Greg McVerry

Here are the lesson plans behind the modules for those who want a peak backstage: https://wiki.goifnetwork.org/OER_Ghana:_Mozilla_Leaders_X_Training_Curriculum

Greg McVerry

@dogtrax Yeah I have directions here: https://jgregorymcverry.com/mypoetry#backstage and a version on @glitch I use the pixelated gif maker on glitch and then upload each image to this project: https://dogtraxnextpoem.glitch.me too bad/not sad autoplay doesn't work

Greg McVerry

Check out this poem https://twitter.com/dogtrax/status/1228638042929405953 It came about from someone writing a poem in response to a post on how I wrote a poem, then remixing my audio poem with his new poem. Write in all the modalities

Greg McVerry

@IndieWebCamp Online 2020 Hack Day Update

Goal Post I switched it up in CSS Decided not to use my article template. Just seemed less modular to not define a grid just for

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Goal Post

I switched it up in CSS Decided not to use my article template. Just seemed less modular to not define a grid just for my poetry stuff. longreads...and the rules that live under that original fiefdom have hobbled together houses hard to understand.

Going to write the page now.

 


.poetry .grid-container {
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: repeat(8, 1fr);
  grid-gap: 10px;
  padding: 10px;
}

.poetry .featured {
  object-fit: cover;
  width: 100%;
  max-height: 100%;
  text-align:center;
  margin-bottom:.3em;
  grid-column: 3 / 7;
  grid-row: 1/5;
}
 .audiopoem {
   object-fit: cover;
  width: 100%;
  max-height: 100%;
  text-align:center;
  margin-bottom:.3em;
  grid-column: 1 / 3;

}

.smallpoems {
grid-column: 3 / 4;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.poetry .backstage {
grid-column: 5 / 6;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.poetcircle {
  grid-column: 6/ 8;
 
}
 .poemreads {
  grid-column: 5 / 6;
 
}

Greg McVerry

Step Three of @IndieWebCamp Online: CSS Grid of Poetry page done and ready for testing

Goal Post I have to run a quick errand. Hoping to finish for first demo time but may have to keep trucking until the second demo

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Goal Post

I have to run a quick errand. Hoping to finish for first demo time but may have to keep trucking until the second demo window. I didn't define rows for my poetcircle and reads, I wonder if I will need to do something so one starts after the author with my rows implictly calculated:

updated: fixed an error in grid-columns

.longreads article {

  font-family: 'Heebo', sans-serif;
    display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: repeat(8, 1fr);
  grid-gap: 10px;
  grid-auto-rows: minmax(100px, auto);
}
.longreads article .audiopoem {
   object-fit: cover;
  width: 100%;
  max-height: 100%;
  text-align:center;
  margin-bottom:.3em;
grid-column: 1 / 3;

}

.longreads article .smallpoems {
grid-column: 3 / 4;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.longreads article .backstage {
grid-column: 5 / 6;
grid-row-start: 6;

}

.longreads article  .poetcircle {
    grid-column: 5 / 6;
    grid-template-rows: 1/5;
}
.longreads .poemreads {
    grid-template-columns: 5 / 6;
   
}

Greg McVerry

My Day Two 2020 @IndieWebCamp Online Goal: Build a Poetry Page

Currently I am in the middle of a 30 day pop up poetry community and I share poetry all over the web. I need one

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screenshot of my layout for a poetry page

Currently I am in the middle of a 30 day pop up poetry community and I share poetry all over the web. I need one place to call home.

So for @IndieWebCamp Online I want to build a page to host all my poetry.

I am goint to use CSS (maybe subgrid if I get inspired...want to challenge myself) Grid. I will set three coulns using 2fr, 5fr, 3fr/ That means my area will be divided in 10 equal parts. the left column will be two parts, the right three, and the middle column will take up five parts.

In the left toolbar I am going to make a place for all my audio poems. I have already been putting these on my server but posting them on my Known blog. I will just use the audio element. I will add an h-feed and an rss feed for people who just want audio.

In the middle I will nest another grid and  I will have an area for a featured poem(s). Then I will have an RSS feed of places I post poetry. Probably just from Known.

Then I will make another feed of backstage posts where I explain the how to for poetry. I do not know if I will do this natively or just embed an RSS feed.

Then in the right column I will have a poet's circle where I have a feed of poets from the web I follow. I think I am going to start by cutting up my Following page. I want to take each section and make it a php file so I can use the snippets all over my website. I am going to start here today.

Finally I am going to add an h-feed and an RSS feed for any of the poetry books I am currently reading. My poems work best when I anchor them in the styles of those who have come before. I want to share these treasures. I will probably just publish these manually. I am really bad at keeping up with read posts.

For today I will be happy jjust to get the layout down. If I fill it with poems even better.

Greg McVerry

A peek behind the poetry: The Making of Color of Boogie #clmooc #poetryport #literacies #elachat #nctevillage

How I composed Color of Boogie Most of my free verse poetry I write off the cuff. I might have scribbled a verse on some random

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How I composed Color of Boogie

Most of my free verse poetry I write off the cuff. I might have scribbled a verse on some random scrap of paper but most thoughts bleed through the vapor. Yet when ever I rhyme, my capers of verse require strategy and planning.

Takes effort to write bad poetry, and even more to make bad poetry rhyme with no evident scheme.

So like the majority of my writing I preplan. Paper is a poet's best friend.

At many concerts we attended over the years we often joke (sometimes serious) about seeing color come from the speakers....Explains much of the ringing and selective hearing....

So as I rushed the kids out the door this morning, an idea around color, the theme for the CLMOOC Poetry port on 2020-02-07 hit me hard,  I knew I had to bring it back to circus. So I dashed an idea

a post it note with ideas for a poem jotted downThen as I commuted for an hour I kept coming back to the idea of the colors in a nebula. That is music to me. Both the graveyard and nursery of stars, and the colors, God's water paintings.....Plus I do wonder if I wanted a subconcious h/t to Dark Star....I mean lyrics don't get much better

Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes
Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis
Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?

Truth doesn't get much clearer.

So I decided to try to meld in three things: color, music, and nebula. Thus I made a three column chart to capture words that danced in my head.

three column chart with color, music and nebula at the top

I did some research on color theory, basic music vocabulary, and nebula. Once I discovered that Newton came up with the first color wheel, and I already wanted to try to describe the color of sound as Nebula I had a direction for the poem. Might not gravitate with the masses but it carries weight in my inkwell.

It took a bit of rhyming dictionary work specifically, based on web history for, mission and wavelength...I need to invest in a paperback rhyming dictionary, pocket size.

In the thesaurus I just searched for color...where chromatism came from.

Then I fired up my blog and drafted the poem. After it was finished I recorded the poem. Unfortunately I am helping my brother-in law out and dogsitting and forgot my good mic.

As I wrote this backstage post I realized I forgot the most important line on the back of my sticky, the phrase that started it all "Spin with Us/On this nebulus." It isn't needed anymore.

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