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POET 17 W — Writing Your Poetry Chapbook

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 30
Drop Deadline: Jun 27
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
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 June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 24—Aug 30
10 weeks
Drop By
Jun 27
3 Units
Fees
$895
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 June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
This course is for those of you who have written poems before and are now wondering how to shape the beginnings of a book. Perhaps you have a particular theme—the death of a loved one, the ups and downs of the spiritual life—that you want to explore in greater depth than a single poem can. Accordingly, our course is divided into five two-week units that each correspond to a key poetic theme: politics and history, love, family, spirituality, and death. Each week, along with a reading assignment, you will have a writing assignment meant to get you thinking about writing a sequence of related poems.

Classic as well as contemporary poems will inspire our chapbooks. What might we learn from beloved sonnets, odes, cycles, and free verse poems to create coherent poetic sequences of our own? In our weekly writing assignments, we will experiment with a variety of poetic forms, craft elements, and themes. Essential craft tools—rhythm, rhyme, syntax, imagery, and metaphor— will be emphasized in a nurturing and rigorous class environment. We will aspire to boldness and openness to the mystery of language and life. Students will finish the course with a ten-page 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 Dive, his second poetry collection.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Helen Vendler, Poems, Poets, Poetry, Compact 3rd Edition (ISBN 1457652196)
(Required) Sylvia Plath, Ariel: The Restored Edition (ISBN 0060732601)
(Required) Hugh Martin, So, How Was the War?, Kindle or Paperback (ISBN B00ICLG3IC)
(Required) C.K. Williams, Catherine’s Laughter (ISBN 1936747685)
(Required) Louise Gluck, Wild Iris (ISBN 0880013346)
(Required) Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard (ISBN ISBN-10: 0618872655)
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