ClassWrite a List, Write a Poem
We see lists everywhere—suggesting six recipes to try or four reasons to start meditating. And we write them: grocery lists, to-do lists, wish lists, bucket lists. We use lists to organize our weeks, to marshal evidence, to take stock of our lives. We can use lists to document our grievances or to celebrate our achievements. Lists are like poems; they don’t need complete sentences or lengthy descriptions to catch our attention. In fact, the loose structure provided by the list can give poets space and freedom to play with sounds and ideas.
If you can write a list, you’re well on your way to drafting a poem. In this class, we’ll read and discuss poems (including Danez Smith’s “alternate names for black boys,” Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Daily,” and C.D. Wright’s “count your fingers”) that structure themselves (directly or indirectly) as lists. We’ll do some collective brainstorming and then write our own lists/poems. We’ll share our lists/poems and think about how to fine-tune them. You’ll leave with at least one poem drafted and a list of ideas for more poems.
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