ClassLineation Laboratory: Harnessing the Power of The Poetic Line
In poetry, a line can be a hinge, a blade, and/or its own galaxy. The line is one of poetry’s most essential aspects. Understanding how to wield the poetic line allows us to dig deeper into the power and possibility of our poems. This class will serve as a laboratory in which we will conduct various experiments to form and break lines. We will read a variety of craft essays by authors such as Dana Gioia, Camille Dungy, and Tim Liu; read poems by authors such as CD Wright and Kevin Young; conduct experiments on drafts of our own poetry; and generate new work that incorporates lineation methods of the poets we’ve studied. Class time will be divided equally into four components: reading, contributing to discussions and giving casual feedback, conducting process experiments, and writing new poems. There is no formal workshop in the class, but you will be encouraged to give your peers friendly, low-stakes feedback throughout the course. This class is for intermediate and advanced poets; if you are in the middle of working on a chapbook or poetry collection, this class will work especially well for you, though a book-in-progress is definitely not a requirement for enrollment.