If you’re teaching “The Gardenia,” this is a lovely video– Lady Day sings with Louis Armstrong here.
If you haven’t already, please try to incorporate Cornelius Eady’s work in your classes. Even just reading and discussing a poem or two with your students will enrich the experience of then seeing the author read at the Literary Arts Festival next week. Also, the English Department sent out some activities and assignments; if you misplaced these or would like to ask any questions about them, please don’t hesitate to email me (rostrom AT citytech.cuny.edu). My students really enjoyed doing the negative image assignment– it’s low-stakes and without even realizing it, the students end up doing a close reading of the poem. I also had one of my classes choose their favorite lines and create a cento poem. This is quick and fun to see how they connect the different poems.
Watch some video of Cornelius Eady now!
Part 1: Starting and setting it up
Part 2: Poetry
Part 3: Music!
Part 4: missing?
Part 5: More music