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POET 01 W — Poetry of Presence: Developing a Mindful Writing Practice

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 7
Drop Deadline: Sep 27
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Sara Michas-Martin
Limit: 17
Status: Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Fall
Date(s)
Sep 24—Dec 7
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 27
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Sara Michas-Martin
Limit
17
Registration opens on 08/20/2018
Please Note: No class the week of November 19. Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 9/27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Poetry calls us to pause. There is so much we overlook, while the abundance around us continues to shimmer, on its own. Naomi Shihab Nye

All good poems have the power to still the frame and cultivate a presence of mind. But how? And how as writers do we find the stillness to write our most evocative texts? In this course, we will hone our observational faculties, utilizing short meditations, breath work, and other aspects of mindfulness practice to tap inspiration from our everyday lives in the spirit of poets like Pablo Neruda, who wrote startling poems about common objects, or Basho, the haiku master, who transformed concise perceptions of the natural world into an understanding of interior life.

Throughout the quarter, we will look at how contemporary poets like Matthew Rohrer, Rachel Zucker, and Major Jackson invite readers to actively notice and participate in the meaning of a poem. We will identify and develop an understanding of essential craft techniques, such as musicality and form, to create an animated experience. Through weekly companion assignments, such as writing an abecedarian or experimenting with found language, students will forge new pathways toward innovation in the generative stage and will have the opportunity to submit at least three poems for supportive feedback in the workshop.

This course is open to all writers interested in poetry, process, and mindfulness.

Sara Michas-Martin, Former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer, Stanford

Sara Michas-Martin is the author of the book Gray Matter, which was nominated for a Colorado Book Award and received a Poets Out Loud Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Best New Poets, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The Believer, and elsewhere. Michas-Martin received an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Larraine Herring, Writing Begins with the Breath (ISBN 978-1590304730)
(Required) Matthew Rohrer, Destroyer and Preserver (ISBN 1933517506)
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