What does the expression "missed connection" make you think of?
A. Missed Connections
-at the Santa Barbara Airport
Descending, in our forty-seat airplane,
I saw an older man had parked his car
At the edge of the runway. He waved
At us, so I waved, . . .
This is the opening of the narrative poem “Missed Connections” written by Sherman Alexie. Considering the title, what do you think the poem is about?
Read the poem and see if you were right. Then do this multiple choice quiz, Missed Connections before continuing with the questions below. You should also explore different usages of the expression “Missed Connections”
- What did you think the poem was about? Were you right? Why/Why not?
- What is the poem about? Write a summary.
- This is a narrative poem. What makes it different from a short story?
- Why is the poem called "Missed Connections"?
- The narrator understands that he has misinterpreted the woman on the plane. Still he concludes:
” I'll repeat the myth because it's more impressive
Than something as tender as the truth.”
What does he mean?
Write the poem into a short story.
Write a short story called “Missed Connections”
B. Missed Connections
The expression Missed Connections is explained in Wikipedia - Missed Connection
Find examples of:
- Missed Connections
- Common missed connections locations
- Common reasons for missed connections
C. Missed Connections
Through the use of publications and websites some people seek to reconnect with their missed connections, for instance, "To the girl with the Feather Earrings: We saw each other on the 22 on May 28th - Find me on Facebook - Alexander Crane."
Jennifer Lee has written an article about The Missed Connection Category called “Romance beckons (in Case You Missed It)” in the New York Times - Romance Beckons. Read the article and write a summary.
D. Missed Connections
Sophie Blackall has tried to pin down some of the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites on her blog, illustrating the messages.
Browse through some of her blogposts. Choose one and write the story leading up to the notice, or the story succeeding it.
The Irish RenaissanceKjernestoff
Modernism - An IntroductionKjernestoff
W.B.Yeats: Four Selected PoemsKjernestoff
Robert Frost: The Road Not TakenKjernestoff
The Bitter Taste of SuccessKjernestoff
Jack London: Flush of GoldKjernestoff
Carl Sandburg: CirclesKjernestoff
Chicago by Carl SandburgKjernestoff
V.Woolf: How Should One Read a BookKjernestoff
James Joyce: EvelineKjernestoff
T. S. Eliot: The Waste LandKjernestoff
Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum EstKjernestoff
William Faulkner: A Rose for EmilyKjernestoff
About William FaulknerKjernestoff
E. Hemingway: Indian CampKjernestoff
The Killers by Ernest HemingwayKjernestoff
Arthur Miller: Death of a SalesmanKjernestoff
J.D.Salinger: The Catcher in the RyeKjernestoff
Allen Ginsberg: HowlKjernestoff
Maya Angelou: Still I RiseKjernestoff
Alice Munro: Red DressKjernestoff
Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's TaleKjernestoff
John Irving: The Cider House RulesKjernestoff
P. Auster: Auggie Wren's Christmas StoryKjernestoff
Kathryn Stockett: The HelpKjernestoff
The Irish Renaissance - Tasks and ActivitiesKjernestoff
Eveline - Tasks and ActivitiesKjernestoff
The Waste Land - TasksKjernestoff
E. Hemingway and Short Stories - ProjectKjernestoff
E.Hemingway: Hills Like White ElephantsKjernestoff
John Steinbeck: The Grapes of WrathKjernestoff
Alice Munro - Writing Her LifeKjernestoff
Alice Munro: AmundsenKjernestoff
Red Dress - TasksKjernestoff
The Handmaid's Tale - TasksKjernestoff
Tasks: Good Advice is Rarer than RubiesKjernestoff