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Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Game From Another Planet

Take into your class a series of objects. For example, a shaving brush, a glove, an asthma inhaler, a thing that you use to keep a book from opening when lain flat on a table...

Each group of students chooses and object and invents an alternate use or identity for the object, as though seeing it for the first time (as a visitor from another planet unfamiliar with our objects). Then the group passes these on to the professor, who reads them aloud. The winner is the group that invents the most far-fetched definition of the object, while at the same time pointing identifiably to that object. If you object is a glove, you cannot use the word glove in your definition. It shouldn't be having anything to do with a hand, either.

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