Creative Writing at Trinity

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2019 Term Two




  • Anh
  • Aidan
  • Grant (self-proclaimed psychopath)
  • Alex
  • Allie
  • Tori
  • Maddie
  • Alyssa
  • Casey
  • Christopher
  • Megan
  • Kennedy
  • Thea

Jokes and/or Weird Stuff (ADD MORE):

  • "Why does the planet determine the imminent sand? Earth selects the savory comfort."
  • Yelling "the" (aww thanks- K <3)
  • The Musketeers
  • Puce and in extension light puce and dark puce (and medium puce and neon puce)
  • Death Juice
  • Maddie Being too strong for everyone else
  • Grant and Christopher struggling to beat the other
  • Grant's weird noises during arm wrestling
  • Ninja
  • Meg Parkour
  • Kill the beans
  • Death Arena
  • The Yeet Rock
  • Persecuting Grant on the last day (I’m sorry that happened but you’re innocent)
  • Exquisite Corpses
  • Please the Alex
  • Kitbull
  • Vegan Donuts (and the question of whether or not Gerald ate them which he definitely did)
  • Cat Hair
  • Saruman vs. Solomon
  • Dancing in class and thus:
  • The Wobble (and the flash mob that ensued thereafter at the first dance)
  • Cupid Shuffle
  • Soulja Boy
  • Shouting contests with Mock Trial (Public Enemy #2)
  • Electric Sheep (of course)
  • Casey's Banana Socks (and matching shirts)
  • Death

plop (drip, drop, the barges down in the river flop)(plip plop)

  • Steve Poetry
  • The incremental perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a complexified equilibrium.
  • We are the winners of the Most Vulnerable Class Award
  • Shakespeare is by far the dopest spitter of eloquent rhymes in history
  • Eye Know
  • Aidan's search for the comfiest thigh pillow (with Kennedy being the old chair you love with your butt-print in it and Casey being the newest ultra-comfy one)
  • EPS being absolutely useless
  • Hot Seat
  • Public Enemies: 1) The Crustacean Male, 2) Mock Trial, 3) Was this spec fic?

Texts (and videos) we read/studied in class (Please fill me in where I can't remember details and feel free to add on):

  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (at least I think y'all read that- I'm guessing since it got sent home with me in the mail)
  • Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard (By far the most boring and horrible thing I've ever read)
  • Rat Ode by Elizabeth Acevedo- found at this link: (This was in prep for our Spoken word poetry)
  • The other spoken word video by that really angry dude with a mohawk-ish haircut (I couldn't understand a word he was saying)
  • My dad almost got me killed by an alligator (or something like that, I'm bad at remembering titles)
  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor aka That one where a gang of murderers Killed this lady's family on her way to (Oklahoma? I think it was Tennessee) and she finds out it might be her son (Whether he actually is or not is an ongoing debate)
  • The Steve poetry ("Deconstructive Meditation", "On rational systems and their efficacy in understanding our relationship to Art", and four untitled sonnets)
  • The stuff that inspired Steve's poetry (as follows)

-The Lays of Ancient Rome: Horatius at the bridge by Thomas Babington Macaulay

-Essay on Criticism (selections) by Alexander Pope

  • Didn't we read a few poems from a living poet? I think she was a girl and I remember something about a turtle (yes, it was a poem literally entitled "Turtle" by Kay Ryan)
  • Tragedy by Theo Marzials and yes that's not the author it said on the paper I did my research)
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • The one about the incremental perturbation of an unstable homeostatic system and its catastrophic restoration to a complexified equilibrium
  • On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion
  • Sonnet 130
  • The Ted talk about Shakespeare and hip hop- this is the link:
  • Dribbling (poem by unknown author)
  • Villanelles

-Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

-One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

  • Rebirth of Slick (Cool like Dat) by Digable Planets
  • We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Y by Marjorie Celona
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • What Is Poetry? by Emilia Philips
  • Subtotals by Gregory Burnham
  • GIRL by Jamaica Kincaid
  • The First Day by Edward P. Jones
  • Royal Beatings (Unknown Author)

Suggested texts (Kind of like a space to share some of your favorite pieces of literature for other potential readers from this class):

  • The Yellow Wallpaper- this is an amazing short story about a woman's descent into madness that takes you along with her... I based what would have been my final story on it (Can be found in pdf form for free with a google search)
  • The Maze Runner Series- I just recently got super into this apocalyptic dystopian series and I (quite literally, since I read the entire five-book series in the space of four days) couldn't put it down. It's not an astounding piece of intellectual literature or anything, but it ranks number one on my favorite series list. (Yes- better than Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. in my opinion)
  • The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica- The first book is Here, There be Dragons. The entire series is an amazing spin on classical fantasy starring some of the greatest literary minds of our species. Time travel can get somewhat confusing later in the series, but if need be, rereading it helps. Feel free to hate Jules Verne. Also badgers are amazing (Hufflepuff propaganda?)
  • The Space Child's Mother Goose- Yes, it sounds like a kid's book and technically is, but it's actually a collection of poetry based on space and science and I've memorized just about every poem in the book. I can't even explain what it is, so here's a short poem from it: "Probable-Possible, my black hen,/ She lays eggs in the Relative When./She doesn't lay eggs in the Positive Now/ Because she's unable to Postulate How." All of the poems in the book use funky sciencey language and it's really fun to read, even if you can't understand all of it. It's also illustrated with adorably kooky little bird people, so that's a plus.