WSP 49 — Poem-a-Day: Poetry and Creativity as a Daily Practice
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 28—Nov 4
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 21
Instructor(s): Brittany Perham
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Oct 28—Nov 4
This course is designed for those who want to start or develop their own poetry practice by making poetry a regular part of their lives. We will uncover new sources of inspiration for our writing and consider strategies for finding and mining our own material as we engage with memory and the world around us. Along the way, we will discuss some basics of the poet’s craft, including image-making, lineation, open and closed forms, and more. To guide our discussions, we will read work from some of today’s most exciting poets such as Natasha Trethewey, Bruce Snider, and Kevin Young. Students will generate drafts for several poems as they work with quick and energizing prompts, and they will have a chance to receive feedback on one of these drafts in a workshop setting. Finally, we will discuss how to work through a poem in revision, and how this process might become a sustaining part of our practice. Students will leave the class with lots of raw material and a poem they’ve crafted and polished. They will also receive handouts for further reading, providing them with daily prompts so that they may bring the poem-a-day practice home.
Brittany Perham, Former Stegner Fellow; Jones Lecturer in Poetry, StanfordBrittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait, which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The Curiosities; and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction. She is a former William Chace Lecturer in Continuing Studies.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.