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POET 17 W — Writing Your Poetry Chapbook

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 25—Aug 31
Drop Deadline: Jun 28
Units: 3
Tuition: $880
Instructor(s): Greg Wrenn
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 25—Aug 31
10 weeks
Drop By
Jun 28
3 Units
Fees
$880
Instructor(s):
Greg Wrenn
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 6/28 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 7/3 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Many of our most celebrated contemporary poets such as Louise Glück, C.K. Williams, and Charles Wright have turned to the chapbook to explore depths unavailable to them in individual poems. In a chapbook, each poem is in conversation with the others. One poem may reflect another, or a poetic series might tell a story or consider a subject from many different angles. More than just an unrelated group of poems, the chapbook seeks the poetry among the poems. In this course, we will take our inspiration from the classics— Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Keats, Walt Whitman—as well as from contemporary poets. How do their sonnets, odes, cycles, and ecstatic free verse work together to create a coherent whole? In our weekly writing, we will experiment with a variety of poetic forms. Essential craft elements—rhythm, rhyme, syntax, imagery, and metaphor—will be emphasized in a nurturing and rigorous class environment. We will aspire for boldness and openness to the mystery of language and life. Students will finish the course with a draft of their own chapbook.

Greg Wrenn, Former Jones Lecturer and Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Assistant Professor of English, James Madison University

Greg Wrenn’s first book of poems, Centaur, was selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2013 Brittingham Prize. His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2014, New England Review, AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, the New Republic, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on Reef, an eco-memoir about his time at a remote reef in New Guinea, as well as The Minotaurs, his second poetry collection.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Helen Vendler, Poems, Poets, Poetry, Compact Third Edition (ISBN 1457652196)
(Required) Sylvia Plath, Ariel: The Restored Edition (ISBN 0060732601)
(Required) Hugh Martin, So, How Was the War? (ISBN B00ICLG3IC)
(Required) C. K. Wiliams, Catherine's Laughter (ISBN 1936747685)
(Required) Louise Glück, Wild Iris (ISBN 0880013346)
(Required) Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard (ISBN 0618872655)
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