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POET 35 W — And Then the Singing: Reinventing Yourself Through Poetry

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 21—Aug 27
Refund Deadline: Jun 24
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Esther Lin
Limit: 20
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jun 21—Aug 27
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 24
3 Units
Esther Lin
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
On the path to renewal and rejuvenation, poet Robert Hass says, “First an ego, and then pain, and then the singing.” In this course, we will follow this advice from Hass’s poem “Faint Music” and follow, thematically and aesthetically, the course of our own rejuvenation. We will read poetry of fresh starts, deliberate departures, and recovery by the Japanese master Bashō and the American poets Ross Gay, Sharon Olds, and Brian Turner, each of whom writes eloquently on soulful journeys, homecomings, and a consummate redefining of the self. To renew ourselves as these poets do, we will practice new ways of seeing as we study imagery, and new ways of hearing language as we study rhythm and the line, and we will develop new voices for our precise poetic diction. Each student will write five to seven new poems, which the class will respond to constructively in workshop. We will read weekly assignments of poetry and respond to in-depth discussion questions, check-ins, and writing exercises. Whether you have never written poetry or are seeking to refresh your practice, in our ten weeks together you will question, heal, and reinvent yourself through poetry.

Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Esther Lin was a 2020 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is the author of The Ghost Wife and received Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Hyperallergic, New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Robert Hass, The Essential Haiku (ISBN ISBN-13 : 978-0880013512)
(Required) Sharon Olds, Stag's Leap (ISBN ISBN-13 : 978-0375712258)
(Required) Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (ISBN ISBN-13 : 978-0822963318)
(Required) Adrienne Rich, Dream of a Common Language (ISBN ISBN-13 : 978-0393346008)