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WSP 197 — The Art of the Short Poem

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 15—Apr 22
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 8
Unit: 1
Tuition: $280
Instructor(s): Brittany Perham
Limit: 21
On-campus course
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Apr 15—Apr 22
2 days
Drop By
Apr 8
1 Unit
Brittany Perham
In this short course, we’ll consider the short poem. Sometimes these little poems are the poems we love best: They take only a few seconds to read and yet we often feel they have changed our lives. These are the poems we remember, the poems we recite or read to friends, the poems we carry with us. So how do these tiny objects pack such a punch? And how might we learn to write our own? We’ll begin by considering some well-known and lesser-known poems of fourteen lines or less; our reading list will include Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Randall Mann, Jean Toomer, Lynn Xu, and other poets. On the first day of the workshop, we’ll experiment with several generative writing exercises in order to begin poems of our own. On the second day, participants will receive feedback on one of their poems, and we will discuss the revision process. No experience is necessary; each participant will come away from the course with a polished short poem and drafts for at least three more.

Brittany Perham, Former Stegner Fellow; Jones Lecturer in Poetry, Stanford

Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (forthcoming this year), 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 the 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.