Announcing: new database for exploring all ModPo materials
The most remarkable thing has happened with ModPo since we founded the course in 2012. Truly! Read on…and find out.
We have created a way for you or anyone to search all of the ModPo materials with one simple “Explore” function. The result will produce a web page, with links, that will guide you like a mini-syllabus. A searched-for or selected ModPo syllabus of your own making!
Search by poem, by material type (video, audio, etc.), by poet, by the name of a participant (e.g. which ModPo TA or guest poet), by poetic genre, by topic or theme, by influence (e.g. “Dickinsonian”), by school (e.g. “New York School”), by syllabus (main syllabus, ModPoPLUS, TRC, CCCR).
Your search result will produce a web page that has a permanent URL or web address. So you can create a reading/viewing list for yourself, save the URL and come back to it any time. You can form a reading group, create a set of poems and videos, then share the URL and move through your designed mini-course together.
See below for some sample search results.
ModPo has grown so much in recent years (video clips from webcasts; new poets and poems added to ModPoPLUS) that this new archive has become necessary. It has been many years in conceiving, and about three years in the actual making. Chris Martin and Zach Carduner led the way, with lots of help from Anna Strong Safford and Laynie Browne and various others who entered data. It would not have been possible without the consistent encouragement and also a generous grant from long-time ModPo’er and friend Christopher Forman.
Now please drop everything you’re doing today and go EXPLORE ModPo!
Some sample searches:
1. Everything pertaining to John Ashbery: LINK TO SEARCH RESULT
2. Elegies and the elegaic: LINK TO SEARCH RESULT
3. All videos in which Bernadette Mayer participated: LINK TO SEARCH RESULT
4. All materials pertaining to John Yau’s “830 Fireplace Road”: LINK TO SEARCH RESULT
5. Examples of and discussions of the list poem: LINK TO SEARCH RESULT
6. Dickinsonian influence just in week 8 (Language poetry): LINK TO SEARCH RESULT
7. Watch all the video introductions in one place: LINK TO SEARCH RESULT
8. An alphabetical listing, with links, to every poem in ModPo: LINK TO SEARCH RESULT