Digital Poetics: Introduction

Start Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Schedule: Sundays, November 6 – December 11
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Francesco Levato
Location: Online

Description: This course serves as an introduction to digital literature, with a specific focus on poetry. During the course of the session we will examine a variety of digital forms of literature, from hypertext, interactive, and audio/video poetry to videogame, social media, and code-based poetries. We will view, experience, and immerse ourselves in these digital works while exploring our own poetry through multiple modes of digital creation. To get a sense of the type of work will be viewing and creating, please visit the multimedia section of Francesco’s website or the Electronic Literature Collection at the Electronic Literature Organization.

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: Early registration: $240, General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 1

Start Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Schedule: Thursdays, November 3 – December 8
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.

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: Early registration: $240, General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 2

Start Date: Monday, November 7, 2016
Schedule: Mondays, November 7 – December 12
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Amish Trivedi
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: Early registration: $240, General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetry as Socio-Political/Cultural Practice

Start Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Schedule: Sundays, November 6 – December 11
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Francesco Levato
Location: Online

Description: In this course we will examine poetry as a sociopolitical/culturally situated practice, with a particular focus on the construction, and intersection, of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability within poetic texts. Our goal is to better understand how these texts function on a cultural level, and to apply such understanding to our own poetry. Our work will be informed by a range of theoretical concepts drawn from Marxist, Feminist, Postcolonial, and Queer theory, and Disability Studies. Works we will examine include: Anti-Humbolt, by Hugo García Manríquez, Bodymap, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, Map of an Onion, by Kenji Liu, and Shut Up Shut Down, by Mark Nowak.

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: Early registration: $240, General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Pulse Poem Pulse

Start Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Schedule: Tuesdays, November 8 – December 13
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: Early registration: $240, General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Remix the Poem

Start Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Schedule: Wednesdays, November 9 – December 14
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 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 our own.

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

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