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POET 150 W — No-Fear Poetry

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 14—Mar 22
Drop Deadline: Jan 17
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Joshua Rivkin
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 14—Mar 22
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 17
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Joshua Rivkin
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Open your desk drawer or a folder on your computer. Do you have poems you’ve been writing (or thinking about writing) but are afraid of sharing? Do you have a journal or folder called “Poems” full of starts, but you don’t know what to do next? This course offers a terrific opportunity for beginning and advanced writers of poetry to take their words out of the drawer and share them in a welcoming community. Together, we will read a range of contemporary and classic poems by such writers as Elizabeth Bishop, Mary Oliver, Robert Hass, Terrance Hayes, and Natalie Diaz. We will discuss how form, music, tone, and image all help create dynamic poems. In addition to great readings, students will undertake carefully chosen weekly writing exercises that will help develop their ability to write and think creatively. A special focus will be on taking risks as poets, writing provocative, imaginative poems. All students will receive constructive and honest feedback from the instructor and their peers. You will leave this course with confidence in your writing, and lots of new tricks and techniques. Along the way, we will build a community of supportive and thoughtful readers. Whether you’ve just started writing or have been writing for years, this course is a great opportunity to take your poetry to the next level.

Joshua Rivkin, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Joshua Rivkin is the author of two books, Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly and Suitor, which is forthcoming in 2020. His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Houston, Stanford, and USC, where he received a PhD in literature and creative writing. His awards include a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a Fulbright fellowship to Italy, and a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Natasha Trethewey , Best American Poetry 2017 (ISBN 1501127756)
(Required) Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (ISBN 9780393316544)
(Required) Chris Santiago , Tula: Poems (ISBN 9781571314888)
(Required) Natalie Diaz, When My Brother Was an Aztec (ISBN 155659383X)
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