PREREQUISITE: ONE 300-LEVEL COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR
01 MW5 CAC 10126 DOTY MU-111
02 TTH4 CAC 12921 SHOCKLEY MU-002
03 M3 CAC 16654 MILLER MU-002
02- If you want to take your poetry to the next level, this course is for you! We will spend the semester reading at times deeply and at times widely in contemporary poetry (primarily, but not exclusively, American). Tracing broad trends and tracking cutting-edge possibilities for 21st century poetics, we will see what we can learn from both established masters and exciting new poets. You will be challenged to take what you can “steal” from other poets back to your own writing desk or comfy chair, to create the poems only you can write—but poems you never imagined coming from your pen or laptop. Class will move between discussion of published poets’ work and class members’ fresh drafts. Come with an open mind and a willingness to write outside your comfort zone!
A few texts for the course likely to be chosen from among the following: Lee Ann Brown, A Crown for Charlotte; C.M. Burroughs, The Vital System; George Elliott Clarke,Red; Camille Dungy, Matt O’Donnell, et al., From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems That Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliteratue, and Just Plain Sound Great; Tonya Foster, A Swarm of Bees in High Court; Reginald Harris, Autogeography; Robert Hass, Time and Materials; Terrance Hayes, Lighthead; Brenda Hillman, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire; Cathy Park Hong, Engine Empire; Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch; Michael Leong, Cutting Time with a Knife; Sharon Olds, Stag’s Leap; Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars; and Adam Zagajewski, Unseen Hand.