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Handmade Responses to Bob Hicok’s“For three whose response was yes”<br />Examples from students in <br />ENG 2328: Introdu...
For three whose reflex was yes<br /> <br />Nobody I know is a god.  A mother and son<br />fall into the river’s million ha...
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  1. 1. Handmade Responses to Bob Hicok’s“For three whose response was yes”<br />Examples from students in <br />ENG 2328: Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing<br />collected 09/06/2011<br />
  2. 2. For three whose reflex was yes<br /> <br />Nobody I know is a god. A mother and son<br />fall into the river’s million hands, the river’s<br />smash and grab. They go under, climb the ropeless<br />water up, wave, open their mouths and scream<br />wet silences as they slide back under.<br />A man jumps in to save them, leaves the edge<br />as a needle into the river’s muddy sinews, a woman<br />jumps in to save his vanishing and the mother<br />and son and is stripped by the flood, her pants<br />drowning right beside her, another man jumps in<br />to save them all and a woman jumps in after him<br />to save them all plus one, cars arrive and people<br />get out and leap into the river, the river’s being filled<br />with whatever’s in their pockets and their hands<br />and their eyes, with nickels and dollar bills<br />and bibles and sunsets, the beautiful brush strokes<br />of this beautifully dying day, people pile<br />like a river inside the river, they keep coming<br />and diving in, they keep feeding their breath<br />to the water, which is less, which is thinned,<br />until the mother and son rise on a mound<br />of strangers and dead, the sun warming them, blessing<br />their faces slowly dry.<br /> <br />Bob Hicok<br />My Papa’s Waltz<br />The whiskey on your breath<br />Could make a small boy dizzy;<br />But I hung on like death:<br />Such waltzing was not easy.<br /> <br />We romped until the pans<br />Slid from the kitchen shelf;<br />My mother's countenance<br />Could not unfrown itself.<br /> <br />The hand that held my wrist<br />Was battered on one knuckle;<br />At every step you missed<br />My right ear scraped a buckle.<br /> <br />You beat time on my head<br />With a palm caked hard by dirt,<br />Then waltzed me off to bed<br />Still clinging to your shirt.<br /> <br />Theodore Roethke<br />
  3. 3. Portrait<br />
  4. 4. Portrait<br />
  5. 5. Timeline<br />
  6. 6. Portrait<br />
  7. 7. Comic & Timeline<br />
  8. 8. Portrait<br />
  9. 9. Portrait<br />
  10. 10. See-saw<br />
  11. 11. Multi-Variable Graph & Freytag’s Pyramid Plot Line<br />
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