It was about Adrienne Rich's The Dream of a Common Language and Lyn Hejinian's My Life. I don't know if referencing these other things made the essay better or worse, but they happened so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  1. Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"
    "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world."
  2. Cheryl Strayed's "Wild"
    Just the fact that she read the last stanza of "Power"
  3. William Ernest Henley's "Invictus"
    "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul"
  4. Bikini Kill's "Bloody Ice Cream"
    The whole song, but mainly for "We are turning cursive letters into knives"
  5. Greek mythology
    Just because I said "siren song" approximately 50 times