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POET 02 W — Poetry: Harnessing the Creative Tension

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Dec 6
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Graham Barnhart
Limit: 17
Status: Open
Please Note: No class the week of November 25

Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is September 26th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 1st at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 23—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 26
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Graham Barnhart
Limit
17
Open
Please Note: No class the week of November 25

Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is September 26th at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is October 1st at 5:00 pm (PT).
Writing a poem is often a negotiation between many competing impulses: form and content, the personal and the political, memory and history, sound and silence. We don’t come to poetry for any one of these aspects but for the dynamic, resonant energy created by the tension between them. This fundamental truth about poetry leads us as writers to fundamental questions: how do we create this tension in our own work? How do we harness it? How should it be deployed and when? And ultimately how can this tension bring us to deeper meaning and better poems? In this course, students will read poets Shane McCrae, Robin Coste Lewis, and Ilya Kaminsky, as well as selections from a variety of contemporary and classic works, with an eye toward creating and harnessing their own personal poetic energy. In addition to assigned readings, written and recorded lectures, and writing exercises, students will receive meaningful and constructive praise, critique, and impetus for revision. They will leave the course having developed new work along with thinking and writing habits conducive to a sustained poetry practice.

Graham Barnhart, Author; Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Graham Barnhart is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The War Makes Everyone Lonely. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Writing Workshops in Greece. His work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from 32 Poems, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, and other publications. A former US Army medic, he received the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans from The Iowa Review, and the Chad Walsh Prize from the Beloit Poetry Journal. Barnhart received an MFA from Ohio State.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Shane McCrae, The Gilded Auction Block (ISBN 0374162255)
(Required) Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of The Sable Venus and Other Poems (ISBN 1101911204)
(Required) Ilya Kaminksy, Deaf Republic (ISBN 1555978312)
(Required) Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook (ISBN 9780156724005)
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