An Introduction to my Project

Here’s just a shot of me performing one of my spoken-word pieces.

Hi everyone, my name is Bess Goldstein. This semester I’ll be aiming to learn, cultivate, and create poetry. Whether that be through research of famous poets, attending slam poetry events, or just listening to YouTube videos of spoken-word poetry, my goal for this semester is to learn from the writers around me.

For my project, I will first be focusing on reading works of many writers, mostly historical and somewhat famous. I will report back with my findings and understandings of the different types of writings and what I learn from them I come across in my process. As the semester goes on, I will aim to utilize what I’ve learned from these writers and work with my mentor, Chelsea Kerwin, to create a poetry portfolio. Additionally, throughout the semester, I will be updating you all on what I am reading and what current writing pieces I am working on.

Along with every blog post, I will also end each one with a poem that I enjoy/find relevant to my research or just my personal life. I hope you enjoy each poem as much as I do. This specific one is by Ezra Pound, a well-known American poet, and critic from the early 1900s.

Ezra Pound, CA. 1913. 1913.,
     interviews/4598/ezra-pound-the-art-of-poetry-no-5-ezra-pound. Accessed 25
     Jan. 2019.

A Girl- Ezra Pound

The tree has entered my hands,
The sap has ascended my arms,
The tree has grown in my breast-
The branches grow out of me, like arms. 

Tree you are,
Moss you are,
You are violets with wind above them.
A child – so high – you are,
And all this is folly to the world.

3 thoughts on “An Introduction to my Project

  1. Dhillon

    Hi Bess,
    I am really excited to read and follow your independent study. Do you plan on posting some of your own poetry? What did this poem mean to you and why did you like it?

  2. Yuchen Cao

    Hi Bess,
    I really like the focus of your project. I’m a bit curious about the general topics of the poems that you will be looking at. Are there specific themes or categories? Is there a more concrete topic that you want to explore? I look forward to reading your following blog posts.

  3. ninayichenwei

    I’m intrigued by your project already! I look forward to reading the updates on your working process and reflections. It would be great if you could also share your own interpretations of the poems in future posts.


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