Summer 2008

HUMS 620
Entering the Territory of the Poem: A Poetry Writing Workshop

Jarnot,Lisa

06/23/2008 - 07/10/2008
Monday-Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 104

This workshop examines a selection of poems from the ancient to the contemporary, noticing differences in the way they work. We will explore a number of approaches and practices for working with poems as a reader and a writer. The aim is to enter the territory of the poem in a way that is active, contemplative, and evocative. We'll ask questions such as What is poetry? What are the basic elements of a poem? And What is the technical vocabulary necessary to the critique of a poem?

We'll read poems by Sappho, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Frank O'Hara, Susan Howe, Bernadette Mayer, Robert Hayden, and others.

We'll write poems in response to the work that we read.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Lisa Jarnot (B.A. SUNY Buffalo; M.F.A. in creative writing, Brown University) is author of three books of poems: Some Other Kind of Mission (Burning Deck Press, 1996), Ring of Fire (Zoland Books, 2001 and Salt Publishers, 2003), and Black Dog Songs (Flood Editions, 2003). Her biography of the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan is forthcoming from University of California Press. She teaches at Long Island University, Bard College, and in Brooklyn College's MFA in creative writing program.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Bernadette Mayer, INDIGO BUNTING (Zasterle), Paperback

Mark McMorris, THE CAFE AT LIGHT (Roof), Paperback

Lorine Niedecker, THE GRANITE PAIL (Gnomon), Paperback

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