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POET 42 — Poetry Workshop: Poetry as Play

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): David Gorin
Duration: 7 weeks
Format/Location: On-campus
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 5
Class Recording Available: No
Class Meeting Day: Mondays
 
Class Meeting Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Tuition: $625
   
Refund Deadline: Jun 26
 
Unit(s): 2
   
Enrollment Limit: 21
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Mondays
Duration: 7 weeks
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 5
Unit(s): 2
Format/Location: On-campus
 
Tuition: $625
 
Refund Deadline: Jun 26
 
Instructor(s): David Gorin
 
Enrollment Limit: 21
 
Recording Available: No
 
Status: Open
 
In this course, we will explore techniques that poets have evolved to distract themselves from their inner critics so their writing can be less like work and more like play—absorbing, manageable, and full of surprise—even when it involves serious subjects and ugly feelings. We will practice writing techniques adapted from improv comedy, discover what Beyoncé’s melodies can teach us about the repetitions of the sonnet, and experience how concrete nouns can keep a poem moving. We will keep notebooks to net materials for poetry from our own daily lives and experiment with adapting material from genres not typically thought of as poetic (such as advertisements, advice columns, instruction manuals, and course descriptions). Each class session will have two parts: in the first part, we’ll look closely at poems published by others, and in the second part, we’ll talk about poems you have made. Each week, you will write a new poem in reply to a prompt emerging from our conversations. You will leave the course with a portfolio of new work, a new community of peers, and a renewed sense of how to play and why.

This course is intended for beginning and advanced writers of poetry alike, and it would also benefit writers of prose and song and any art where play occurs.

DAVID GORIN
Poet

David Gorin is the author of To a Distant Country, selected by Jennifer Chang for the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship and forthcoming in 2024. His writing appears in A Public Space, The Believer, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He received the 2023 Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America and has been supported by MacDowell and Millay Arts. Gorin has taught creative writing and literature at Yale, Deep Springs College, Eastern Correctional Facility (via the Bard Prison Initiative), and the Pratt Institute, where he was a visiting assistant professor in Humanities and Media Studies. He received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MPhil in English literature from Yale.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.