Jeanne D. Heuving
Intensive study of the theories and practices of writing poetry.
In poetry writing, we will explore the writing of poetry--as a genre and as a potentiality in any writing. Throughout the course we will read each other's writing as well as many different contemporary writers in order to explore poetry writing. The course aims to inculcate a sense of exploration and engagement. The most important goal of the course is for each student to learn to chart new directions in their study and play with language that will sustain them well beyond the ten weeks of this course.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Large and small group discussion; an occasional lecture and some panel presentations. The instructor creates weekly experiments for students to try out in order to expand their repertoire and knowledge of poetry writing,
A strong interest in language and a willingness to play with language. Background in any of the arts is often most useful for creative writing--whether music, visual arts, or performance--as we will explore interconnections among these.
Class assignments and grading
every week one poetry experiment is due
at the end of the quarter students must create a chapbook of their strongest 8-10 pieces and to write a paper on poetry and poetics--or why we write how we write.
all students must participate in one poetry panel during the course of the quarter
participation, including work on weekly experiments, 30 per cent
chapbook 50 per cent
final paper 20 per cent