For your final assignment, I want you to write a manifesto. These can be “any damn thing you want them to be,” but below I’ve listed some questions to help you along—you might want to limit yourself to writing no more than one sentence for each response. In the end, however, I hope the manifesto will reflect your unique self, the rare animal that is you. The question is, as Kafka asked, what will you do with your animal?
What is the status quo that you want to disrupt?
What is the world that you want to create?
What is the work that you want to do to help create that world?
Who do you want your work to speak to?
What contradictions do you want to embody?
What matters to you right here, and right now?
What does a poem stand for?
What is a poem?
What is a poem for?
What should a poem be?
What should it feel like?
What should a poem do?
How should it do that?
How does a poem relate to the world?
Why do you want to write it?
What is writing like?
Is poetry political?
Is all poetry political?
How can poetry change the world?
How will your poetry change poetry?
Some manifesto examples (keep in mind there are others in the Google Drive):