ClassBoundless Poetry: Writing Our Own Rules
What can be liberated in our poetry when we write within boundaries or “rules”? How can poetic constraint be built into our daily writing practice? In this generative writing class, we’ll examine the process of writing with formal rules as a means to moving past creative blocks and freeing up our language.
We’ll start by considering common poetic forms such as the sestina, pantoum, erasure/found poetry, the ghazal, and the sonnet (asking ourselves: how can we use these forms as starting points towards generating material? How can we alter and explode the forms in subsequent drafts while honoring the traditions they come from?), moving into creative in-class writing exercises that'll allow our own voices to emerge. This class is best suited to those who have a basic understanding of poetic craft, have a few poems written already, and want to deepen their understanding of form, language, and practice.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
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