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POET 25 W — Writing Poetry: Your Sources of Inspiration

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 10—Mar 18
Refund Deadline: Jan 13
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Allison Pitinii Davis
Limit: 17
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
 
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Winter
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Jan 10—Mar 18
10 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 13
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Allison Pitinii Davis
Limit
17
Recording
Yes
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
When a stranger asked the poet Donald Hall what he wrote about, Hall joked, “Love, death, and New Hampshire.” How would you answer the question? Do you have specific people, places, times, and ideas that you would like to explore? Are you interested in composing a group of poems but aren’t sure where to start? Have you written poems that you hope to link into a collection? In this course, writers will explore their poetic interests and compose a poetry series examining a topic of their choice. To aid in the composition of these linked series, we will study techniques that establish continuity across a span of poems. We will examine how form, language, sound, image, tone, and organization operate in the work of poets including Louise Glück, Natasha Trethewey, and Vijay Seshadri. We will then apply these techniques to weekly writing assignments, which will be reviewed in online workshops. Weekly, we will share our poems during optional virtual meetings. The course will end with a discussion about publication and creative engagement. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to utilize a diverse range of poetic styles, incorporate feedback from the instructor and an engaged community of writers, and have an organized group of poems ready for personal use or publication.

Students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.

ALLISON PITINII DAVIS
Instructor of Family and Community Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University; Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Ohioana Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, on poets.org, and elsewhere, and she has received a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing (ISBN 978-0393316544)
(Required) Natasha Trethewey, Domestic Work: Poems (ISBN 978-1555973094)
(Required) Louise Glück, Meadowlands (ISBN 978-0880015066)