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POET 17 W — Writing Your Poetry Chapbook

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 11—Mar 19
Drop Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Greg Wrenn
Limit: 20
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Jan 11—Mar 19
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 14
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Greg Wrenn
Limit
20
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
This course is for those who have already written poems and are now wondering how to shape the beginnings of a poetry 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, received the 2013 Brittingham Prize. His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2014, The Georgia Review, New England Review, AGNI, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on Row, a memoir about using the ocean to heal from childhood trauma, and Origin, his second poetry collection.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Helen Vendler, Poems, Poets, Poetry, Compact 3rd Ed. (ISBN 978-1457652196)
(Required) Sylvia Plath, Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile of Plath's Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement (ISBN 978-0060931728)
(Required) Carl Phillips, Star Map with Action Figures (ISBN 978-1943977659)
(Required) Danez Smith, Don't Call Us Dead: Poems (ISBN 978-1555977856)
(Required) Louise Gluck, The Wild Iris (ISBN 978-0880013345)
(Required) Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard: Poems (ISBN 978-0618872657)
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