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POET 13 — The Poet's Process

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Dec 6
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Unit(s): 3 Units
Tuition: $650
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
On campus
6:30—9:20 pm
Sep 27—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
3 Units
Please Note: No class on November 22
This course is designed for writers who want to turn their drafts into finished poems ready for publication. In the first half of the course, we will focus on generating new work from weekly writing prompts. These drafts will receive detailed feedback from a supportive community of writers. A particular focus on each draft’s formal and craft choices will help enable each poem to locate its center and achieve its underlying vision. As we go, we’ll discuss craft topics such as imagery, figurative language, lineation, open and closed forms, and more. The second half of the course will focus on revision and its primary questions: How might the draft be more precise in image and metaphor so that it can best provide the reader with the experience the writer intended? Is there a form that might better serve to structure or enliven the draft? How might we “re-vision” the draft so that the final poem feels whole, necessary, and alive? Finally, we’ll workshop revisions so that they might receive the group’s final comments. Along the way, we will read work by some of the most exciting contemporary poets, including Mark Doty, Louise Glück, Ada Limón, Kevin Young, and others, with the goal of envisioning ourselves as poets working within the larger, dynamic writing community.

Brittany Perham, Former Stegner Fellow; Former William Chace Lecturer in Continuing Studies; Jones Lecturer in Poetry, Stanford

Brittany Perham is the author of The Curiosities. She has taught at James Madison University and the University of San Francisco. Perham received an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Mark Doty, Atlantis (ISBN 978-0060951061)
(Required) Victoria Chang, The Boss (ISBN 978-1938073588)
(Required) Louise Gluck, The Wild Iris (ISBN 978-0880013345)
(Required) Jamaal May, Hum (ISBN 978-1938584022)