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Nina Vega-Westoff

Coltrane and the Haiku: A Mélange of Form, Music, and Play

By Nina Vega-Westhoff

Nina Vega-Westhoff

Christina (Nina) is a recent graduate from The University of Arizona's MFA program in poetry.  She has worked as a teacher, translator, and community organizer.

A classmate one day brought in to Laynie Browne's course "At the Intersection of Writing and Teaching" the Michael Stillman poem "In Memoriam John Coltrane."  The poem was exciting, an immediate encounter with repetition, rhythm, and word play.  As a class, we seemed to have a collective a ha! moment with the poem--I personally felt I should have discovered this poem long before--and so it seemed an ideal literary model around which to structure a lesson.  But I wasn't sure how to do so--there were so many possibilities immediately suggested and yet I wasn't sure where I wanted to go with it.  

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Monday, June 28, 2010
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