welcome to ModPo! - watch this introductory video

Welcome to ModPo! We hope you enjoy our 20-minute overview of the course. I describe the course chapter by chapter, and then I introduce several denizens of the Kelly Writers House on Penn's campus. These are the people you'll be seeing in the videos, collaborating with me on close readings of our poems.

Here are some of the links to sites mentioned in the introduction: PennSound, the world's largest archive of recordings of poets reading their own poems, a site we'll use a lot in our course; the Kelly Writers House, our home base and the old house from which our live webcast sessions will emanate (check out the calendar of events and visit for any program if you or in or near the area); Jacket2 magazine, of which I am the proud publisher (while Julia Bloch, ModPo's lead TA, is editor); and my own homepage, where obviously you can learn more about me and my doings.

If you haven't enrolled in ModPo yet, go here to register. It's free. The course begins on September 10 and runs for 10 weeks.

--Al Filreis