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POET 32 W — Making Meaning: Poetry in a Time of Crisis

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 11—Mar 19
Drop Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Esther Lin
Limit: 20
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Jan 11—Mar 19
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 14
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Esther Lin
Limit
20
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
In a world that lurches from crisis to crisis, poetry is no distraction, but rather a necessity for the heart and mind. For ten weeks, this course will challenge us to set poetry as our focus. Together we will devote ourselves to drafting and revising our own pieces, engaging with canonical and contemporary poems, and reconnecting with our sense of aesthetics. We will ask ourselves why we make the choices we make on the page: which image, which words, which tone, which line, and which line break. We will read poems by Layli Long Soldier, Henri Cole, Gwendolyn Brooks, Kimiko Hahn, and others. Though poems will be our sanctuary, they won’t be our escape. Poiesis means making. We will make meaning within the real and troubled world. Students should expect to read weekly assignments of poetry, respond to in-depth discussion questions, and engage in peer check-ins and writing exercises. Most importantly, they will write five to ten poems. Workshops will allow students to respond to peer writing with sensitivity and constructiveness, and to practice their aesthetic eye. The primary goals of this course are to develop writerly discipline and a poetic voice that engages in meditative or active ways with the world.

Esther Lin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

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

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Kim Addonizio, The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (ISBN 978-0393316544)
(Required) Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems (ISBN 978-0060882969)
(Required) Kimiko Hahn, The Unbearable Heart (ISBN 978-1885030009)
(Recommended) Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS: Poems (ISBN 978-1555977672)
(Required) Brian Turner, Here, Bullet (ISBN 978-1882295555)
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