ClassReading & Writing The Poetic Line
This class is dedicated to thinking more deeply about the function of the line in contemporary poetry. There are a lot of “tips and tricks” on how to break a line—a line break is a breath, is a half-comma, signals a change in thought, it’s a syntactic pause, but what does any of that really mean? And how can we find a way of thinking about the line that is most useful to you?
By looking at an array of poems from writers such as Marie Howe, Fred Moten, Jos Charles, Jennifer Chang, and Natalie Diaz, we will begin to learn from their lines, their line breaks, and, more generally, their craft. Through discussions, writing assignments, and critiques, we will aim to discover not only the power and necessity of the poetic line, but also a multitude of new ways we might approach the poetic line in our own writing.
There will be a weekly writing assignment—in which the teaching artist will provide written feedback for everything turned in. We will also use this class as not only an opportunity to generate new work, but to also edit old work.