Erasure Poetry

Start Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Schedule: Wednesdays, July 13 – August 23
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: This course will focus on erasure poetry, meaning poetry created by excising significant portions of a found text, which is then edited, shaped, and structured by the poet. Questions we will address in the class include: When may one take liberties with someone else’s text? How does one reconcile found texts with one’s own voice as a poet? How does one present erasure material from a visual standpoint (meaning its layout on the printed page)? In what ways have writers blended erasure poetry with procedural and constraint-based writing? Finally, what is the relationship between an erasure poem and the original source text (i.e., does the erasure always function as a critique, parody, or argument about the original text)? We will also discuss how one chooses a source text for an erasure poem, as well as strategies for editing, revising, and placing erasure poems with literary magazines and small presses. Every week students will receive feedback on erasure projects, with the option to work toward a book-length erasure manuscript or numerous shorter projects. Readings will include excerpts from Yedda Morrison’s Darkness (an erasure of Joseph Conrad’s classic work, Heart of Darkness), Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os (an erasure of John Milton’s Paradise Lost), Srikanth Reddy’s Voyager, and other texts to be assigned based on the students’ interests.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 1

Start Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Schedule: Thursdays, July 13 – August 23
Time: 7 – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Larry Sawyer
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and in-class feedback this course is designed to help you: view your poetry with the cold eyes that are necessary to make instinctual edits based on the many tools at your disposal; meld the inspiration behind a poem with the types of effective techniques that will really bring it across to the reader; and use a wide and varied set of tools to write poems that resonate with readers and to write poems that inhabit multiple zones or levels of meaning.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 2

Start Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Schedule: Saturdays, July 13 – August 23
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and feedback. Brief discussions of experiments that help start the writing process followed by the writing of original work in friendly and supportive environment.

In a supportive and collaborative environment students begin to draft original poems based on the fundamental concepts already learned and use those concepts to revise old work if necessary.

Less isn’t more at the beginning of this process. Poets should use techniques such as automatic writing, random effect, shifts in writing method and even location, personal archeology, access to a wide variety of secondary source texts, found language, investigative poetry techniques, journal keeping, experiments/or understanding of the basics of all traditional form, list poems, etymological research to expand areas of a work, turning a popular prose work into a poetic work of your own, ekphrastic poetry, bestiaries, abecedarians, autobiography, and so forth. Students should generate a copious amount of writing from which to work, edit, and revise and exhaust all resources in the writing of poetry.

Critique

  • To critique a poem on its own terms—a discussion of author intention
  • To discuss the tools that could improve the poem to give it more resonance and coherence

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 3

Start Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Schedule: Sundays, July 13 – August 23
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Francesco Levato
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and feedback in a friendly and collaborative environment. Continue to use the previously-learned techniques, not writing prompts, to start the writing process. Advanced students will continue to apply the previous critiques to their own writing and continue to generate new work. The goal will be for each student to have written and/or polished 20 pages of poetry in total. These poems can build on works created in Poetics: Level I and Poetics: Level II.

Students will:

  • Discuss the idea and implications of manuscripts and publishing
  • Discuss whether the body of recent work should be viewed as a whole
  • Identify common thematic elements in the body of work or writing “tics” that might be counterproductive to a project, or alienate the reader, and discuss whether they should be eliminated, expanded etc.
  • Discuss whether thematic unity is necessary
  • Prepare manuscripts via critique for presentation to others or even publication

Please note: after registering you will receive a receipt from PayPal, this serves as your registration confirmation. Then, closer to the start of classes you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetry and Feminist Theory

Start Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Schedule: Tuesdays, July 13 – August 23
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: This class will consider the ways that poets can use form and technique to comment on existing debates in feminist theory. We will focus particular attention on theorists who have revolutionized the style of academic writing, particularly Luce Irigiray, Julia Kristeva, and Helene Cixous. Questions we will address in class include: Where does the boundary between critical and creative writing exist, if at all? Who gets to decide what is “critical” and what is “creative” writing? How can one use the resources of poetry to question these manifestations of power and authority within the academy? We will interrogate (and subvert) the larger social structures that inform our writing practices. With that in mind, the theoretical texts for each class will be paired with weekly writing prompts and texts by contemporary poets (Sarah Vap, Joanna Ruocco, Kristy Bowen, Simone Muench, Khadijah Queen, Jenny Boully, and others).

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Pulse Poem Pulse

Start Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Schedule: Mondays, July 13 – August 23
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Barbara Barg
Location: Online

Description: Ponder melodic/percussive/sensual/intrusive attributes of words, syllabic noise, silences, and other sounds that come out of our mouths. We visit Stein, Poe, Dada, Italian/Russian Futurism, Bebop/Beats, buzzing swamps, chattering rainforests, chairs in the desert, the dark-rumped petrel, dogs in jazz quartets, barking humans, rusted bomber wombs, Earth’s magnetosphere, black holes, India, Africa, and Arkansas in search of fresh rhythmic, tonal, textural, and vocal strategies for poems. Good class for performance poets, songwriters, and poets. “For the Greeks, O King, who make logical demonstrations, use words emptied of power, and this very activity is what constitutes their philosophy, a mere noise of words. But we [Egyptians] do not use words (logoi) but sounds (phōnai) which are full of effects” (Corpus Hermeticum. 1954-1960, CH xvi 2, Nock and Festugière 1972-1983, ii 232)

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Remix the Poem

Start Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Schedule: Sundays, July 13 – August 23
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Francesco Levato
Location: Online

Description: This course is designed to help turn off our internal editors and to open our writing to the strange/interesting juxtapositions of imagery and language that emerge from the use of experimental processes. Rather than looking closely at formal poetic conventions, we will explore writing that transgresses those boundaries and defies classifications. Building from the concepts and practices of music remixes/mash-ups, we will employ avant-garde writing strategies like Surrealist language games, chance operations, Oulipan writing constraints, erasure, homophonic translation, and radical revision to remix source language and transform it into original, poetic compositions of own.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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