Poetics Level 2

Start Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Schedule: Mondays, May 22 – June 26
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: 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

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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Poetry as Socio-Political/Cultural Practice

Start Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Schedule: Sundays, May 21 – June 25
Time: 12 p.m. – 2 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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Prose Poetry

Start Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Schedule: Saturdays, May 20 – June 24
Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: In this course, we will focus on prose poetry, meaning prose that draws from the extensive tradition, formal repertoire and literary devices that readers associate with poetry. Questions we will address in class include: How can the writer become aware of the expectations that readers bring to prose, and work to undermine these readerly expectations? What approaches to (and revisions of… and critiques of…) received narrative structures are possible within prose poetry? How can narrative conventions be revised and expanded, allowing for prose works that use imagery, the space of the page, and the sonic qualities of language to forge connections between ideas and events within a text? Finally, how do we create meaning within prose works, and what alternative modes of creating meaning, connection, and coherence within a literary work are possible? We will also discuss strategies for structuring longer literary works that incorporate prose poems, focusing ways of using prose poems to compliment (and complicate) other works within the sequence, chapbook, or book manuscript. Readings will include work by Rochelle Hurt, Thalia Field & Abigail Lang, Carol Guess, Kerri Webster, Joanna Ruocco, and other writers as determined by student interests.

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 (before 10/10/15), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Pulse Poem Pulse

Start Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Schedule: Tuesdays, May 23 – June 27
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: In this class, attention flows to rhythms and tones in language, in the human body, in the world’s music and in the world in general. Composing words and utterances with attention to sound and rhythm, like a guitar solo in rock, or a sax riff in jazz, or a serpentine, vertabrae-limbering rhythm on a djembe. Updated with new exercises for in-class composing and experimenting. Pulse Poem Pulse hopes to leave students with a sound mind.

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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The Chapbook as a Literary Form

Start Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Schedule: Wednesdays, May 24 – June 28
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 workshop will focus on the unique artistic possibilities inherent in shorter collections of poetry, namely chapbooks. Because chapbooks are usually less than forty-eight pages in length, they may allow the writer to focus on a particular form, theme or narrative. This workshop will guide students in choosing previous poems for inclusion in a chapbook, structuring the manuscript, and adding to existing work to create a unified short collection. The class will also provide an introduction to the vast and diverse world of chapbook publishing. Each week, we will examine excerpts of short collections from a different press, thinking through the editorial vision behind the work and its relationship to student projects submitted to the workshop. Readings will include chapbooks from Dancing Girl Press, Finishing Line Press, Belladonna Books, Fewer and Further Press, Horseless Press, and other presses as determined by student interests.

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 (before 4/7/16), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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