PREREQUISITE: W103 or W203 (or equivalent). Section requires permission of instructor.
In this workshop-format class, we’ll write ten poems that take as a starting point a poem in our texts; at the end of the semester, you’ll submit revisions of five of these for your final portfolio. The assignments will be a mix of formal and subject-based exercises, which both students and teacher will provide. In addition to writing poems and offering both written and oral comments on poems that are discussed during a workshop week, throughout the term you’ll write responses to poems from your texts and provide in-depth critical responses to one other student’s poems.
To apply to this class, place five poems, your e- mail address, and a list of creative writing classes you’ve taken (and names of instructors) into Cathy Bowman’s or Debra Kang Dean’s mailbox in BH 442 at least one week before your registration day. Submit your manuscript as soon as possible, as places will be filled as people apply – if you have a late registration date, apply at the beginning of the period to reserve a space. No places will be saved for late registration. Those admitted to the class will be informed by email. After you have been approved, the Creative Writing Secretary in BH 442 will issue you an on-line authorization.
Texts: Frances Mayes, *The Discovery of Poetry*
Three required collections of contemporary poetry.