January 29, 2019–December 17, 2019
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
The Poetry Project 2019
A book of poetry is not simply a product. A collection of poetry is not just the sum of many poems. When we are at our best, our books are proof of our living and thinking, proof of our investigations and ferries into our wild world and wild selves.
In this class, we will work together to write poetry with rigor, play, and honesty with our sites towards completing a full-length manuscript ready for submission and publication. We will workshop individual poems and, later, manuscript drafts, consider a wide range of work from contemporary American poets, and discuss what one can expect on the many different paths you can take from poem to published. Workshopping our own work, analysis of contemporary collections, lecture, class discussion, and Q&As with local writers and editors will be our primary vehicles for learning along with other activities designed to push students towards better, deeper, stronger work and skills that useful to not just a single manuscript, but a life in poetry.