ClassPoetic World Building
"World building" is a phrase most often reserved for fiction, to applaud stories and novels considered imaginative and cohesive. To conceive of our poems—both the "collection" and the singular poem—as functioning worlds, too, can be an essential way of understanding and constructing poetry. In this class, we will immerse ourselves in the legion ways poets create their worlds and apply the tools we discover through in-class writing and discussion.
This is a class for poets looking for fresh ways to consider and construct poems. Our handouts and discussions center around writing from poets such as Robin Coste Lewis, Tyehimba Jess, Ocean Vuong, Layli Long Soldier, Inger Christensen, Anne Carson, Gwendolyn Brooks.
Possible topics for discussion: What are the building materials each poet uses to create their worlds? How are classic conventions of fiction applied to poem creation? How do our "real worlds" and our poetic worlds interact? Whose/what worlds are we drawn to? What worlds are we trying to build through our art? Do our poetic worlds have physics, laws, borders?
To cover the cost of handouts, a sliding copy fee of $3 is encouraged but not required, to be collected before/after class; all class participants receive distributed materials.