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  1. Ronald baatz Alyson Benitez & Kelly Muraszewski

  2. Why we chose Baatz? • Kelly – Teach Haiku? the curves of your body in the curves of mine- when we are old and blind • Alyson – Unknown and mysterious! Why doesn’t he want to be known?

  3. Background • Anonymous: “the only bio i ever give is that i’ve been living in the same farmhouse close to twenty years.” Only for the Old and the Fragile I have no desire to accumulate wealth, and fame is completely outof the question. Just to be held aloft by the birds would be plenty. • Know for sure: • Lives - New York with his wife and a cat named Mooche. • Writes lyric poetry – Deep expressions of his personal and emotional feelings including: childhood, aging parents, relationships, stream of consciousness, death • Publications: 1974 (7 years), 1982 ( 5 years), 1987, 1989 (10 years)-eroticism poetry, 2000, 02’, 03’, 05’, 06’, 07’,08’, 09’, 10’ • Website (ronaldbaatz.outlawpoetry.com) old Roman saying: Life is a short dream (life isn’t real and death is looming) –Theme…

  4. “yeah, that's me, kelly.  use the picture, sure.  hope all is well.   it's been rainy here, chilly.  the cat seems to have its tail  under every step we take...”

  5. Bibliography

  6. Under My Bed there's a poem under my bed about eating cherries it had fallen out of a book i was reading and slipped out of arm's reach and now i'm just too tiredto get the dust mop to reach for this poem and besides, i like knowing it's there on these cold winter nights a poem written in a season much friendlier than this one a poem with pits in it

  7. Early questions we asked… there's a poem under my bed-Is it really a poem that he is referring to? about eating cherries-What do the cherries symbolize? it had fallen out of a book i was reading and slipped -What kind of book is he reading?out of arm's reach -Did he actually read the poem?and now i'm just too tired-Does he not like the poem? to get the dust mop to -Why would he use a ‘dust mop’ to reach for the poem? reach for this poem and besides, i like knowing it's -Why is there comfort in knowing its under his bed?there on these cold winter nights -Why are the personal pronouns (‘I’) not capitalized? a poem written in a season -Is the ‘season’ summer or spring? Does it matter?much friendlier than this one a poem with pits in it -What do the ‘pits’ suggest? Is this the poet’s stream of consciousness? Why is there no punctuation, except for one comma?

  8. Initial conjectures… there's a poem under my bed about eating cherries it had fallen out of a book i was reading and slipped -We thought he read the poem and didn’t like it. out of arm's reach -Thus, he could have reached it, but chose not to retrieve it. and now i'm just too tiredto get the dust mop to -The poem is not good because it is compared to dust.reach for this poem and besides, i like knowing it's there on these cold winter nights a poem written in a season much friendlier than this one a poem with pits in it -The ‘pits’ symbolize the poem has bad elements. It stinks! _________________________________________________________________________________________ Due respect… -Poem was never read. - -Needed a dust mop because of its length. -The ‘pits’ symbolize that it hasn’t been explicated yet.

  9. We tried again…Keeping in mind this time that Baatz tends to write dark, gloomy poetry.

  10. Elements discovered…

  11. Theme & Means • Metaphors galore – ALLEGORY – extended metaphor for loss of youth • Phonetic stops – emphasizing annoyance • Enjambed – youth and old age are continuous and blended & his stream of consciousness • Assonance – ē (‘wheee’ sound) – youth • ī (uplifting sound) – some pleasure ĭ (‘icky’ sound) – with life there’s also the horrific • Alliteration – ‘t’ – emphasize annoyance of being old • Repetition– wants to stress that his youth is long gone, out of reach • No punctuation of personal pronouns – feels self is insignificant • No punctuation at all – nothing is significant • Caesura- energy shifts expressing some fondness for life • 1st person- very personal, as is a POEM to the author (practically his life)

  12. Under my bedBy: Ronald Baatz there's a poem under my bed about eating cherries it had fallen out of a book i was reading and slipped out of arm's reach and now i'm just too tiredto get the dust mop to reach for this poem and besides, i like knowing it's there on these cold winter nights a poem written in a season much friendlier than this one a poem with pits in it Under my bed

  13. References • "Chronogram Magazine - November 01, 2008 - Poetry: Ronald Baatz." Chronogram Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2010. <http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2008/11/Literary+Supplement/Poetry-Ronald-Baatz>. • "Ronald Baatz." Official website of Laura Hird. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2010. <http://www.laurahird.com/showcase/ronaldbatz.html>. • "Ronald Baatz – Ronald Baatz." Ronald Baatz. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2010. <http://ronaldbaatz.outlawpoetry.com/ronald-baatz/>. • "Ronald Baatz — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress." WordPress.com — Get a Free Blog Here.N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2010. <http://en.wordpress.com/tag/ronald-baatz/>.