This course will offer inspiration, feedback, and support as participants write approximately ten poems each week. What happens to your writing when you emphasize velocity and variety? How can poetry match the speed and significance of daily experience, so that, as William Carlos Williams says, "nothing that is not green will survive"? Rather than waiting for inspiration, writers in this course will generate and discuss many pages of new material-while also exploring the fundamentals of poetic craft and poetry's place in our world. The course will include guest speakers, individual conferences, and exercises drawn from a dynamic group of contemporary and historical readings, including poems by writers such as Bernadette Mayer, Georges Perec, Harryette Mullen, Adrienne Rich, Frank O'Hara, Bhanu Kapil, Eugenio Montale, Cecilia Vicua, Lisa Robertson, and others. Writers of all backgrounds, styles, and experience levels are welcome; the course may be particularly useful for poets who wish to explore new compositional practices and to experiment with changing what we write by changing how we write.
Please note: The course dates have been changed since the publication of the summer 2017 brochure. The dates listed here are correct.