June 19, 2019–July 17, 2019
Writing The Poems We Almost Miss
Though poets often work from memory, we're surrounded by new writing material every day. All we have to do is figure out how to use it.
In this four-week class, we'll write poems that use found material, erasure, and epigraphs. Each week, we'll learn about the history and politics of the form we're studying and read a few examples. Optional craft essay readings will also be provided. You'll complete the class having written a poem a week. You will also have weekly opportunities to share your process with the class so that we can learn from each other's approaches during live chats on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Whatever subject matter you tend to gravitate towards, there is a range of raw material that you can admire, excavate, or investigate to inspire your work. Where can you look to identify new material for poems as you move through your day? Where can you look to find new ideas when you feel blocked? Topics to reckon with poetically exist in your library, mundane tasks, or even through an open window.
Authors we'll read may include Solmaz Sharif, Tracy K. Smith, Margaret Rozga, Chase Begerrun, Brenda Cardenas, Victoria Chang, Frank O'Hara, and others.