Spring 2012

HUMS 619
Crossing Genres/Hybrid Poetry: An Immersive Poetry Workshop

Bellen,Martine Rose

03/10/2012 - 04/01/2012
Note: Special Schedule 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Downey 100

Special Schedule: Saturday & Sunday, March 10-11; Saturday & Sunday, March 17-18; Sunday, April 1

In the book-length poem One with Others, C.D. Wright investigates - by incorporating historical transcriptions, weather reports, newspaper headlines, memories, and other "stuff" - an explosive incident in the late sixties that was grounded in the civil rights movement. In Nox, a book-in-a-box collage journal, Anne Carson creates an elegy object for her brother. "Border works, such as these, iconoclastic books that cross thresholds by crossing genres - that appropriate elements from a variety of sources such as of memoir, theory, and history - have formed a genre of their own, sometimes referred to as hybrid poetry. How are these protean constructions conceived and built? This workshop is a laboratory intended to answer just those questions. Through reading works and through practice, we will write chapbook-length poems that incorporate a diverse range of genres.

Course work will include an oral presentation, reading the assigned books of poetry, critiquing of student work, participation in class discussion and a 20 page cross-genre poem chapbook.

Enrollment limited to 18 students.

This course is not open to auditors.

Immersion courses are worth three units of credit and are academically as rigorous as a regular term course, only the class meetings are compressed into a very short time. Students interested in immersion courses should be aware that the syllabus usually requires that students prepare for up to a month prior to the first class meeting and complete assignments in the weeks following the course. Please click here for more information about immersion courses.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS 619

Martine Bellen (B.A. Hunter College, M.F.A. Brown University) is the author of six collections of poetry, including The Vulnerability Of Order (Copper Canyon Press);Further Adventures Of The Monkey God (Spuyten Duyvil); and Tales Of Murasaki And Other Poems (Sun & Moon Press), which won the National Poetry Series Award. She has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry. Bellen is a contributing editor of the literary journal Conjunctions.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Schwartz, Leonard, At Element, Talisman House

Carson, Anne, Nox, New Directions

Notley, Alice, The Descent of Alette, Penguin

Wright, C.D., One Big Self, Copper Canyon

Coultas, Brenda, A Handmade Museum, Coffee House Press

Lin, Tan, Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004, Wesleyan University Press

Howe, Susan, That This, New Directions

Swenson, Cole, The Glass Age, Alice James Books

Gander, Forrest, As a Friend, New Directions

Reading Materials are available at BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, 860-685-7323 Order your books online

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