English 143B

Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2011 Giscombe, Cecil S.
Giscombe, Cecil
TTh 12:30-2 263 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

Texts by contemporary poets, T. B. A.

Description

I’ll ask students to be interested in form as a site, as a point of disembarkation for talking about that other stuff, for the ongoing work of investigation and experiment. Poems can be formally navigated but the point, in all my classes, is not to get it right but to see how it feels to get involved in it, that and to look at what the poem (or the essay or joke or speech) does and at the ways the world presses on it, and at how it presses back on the world. What’s the relationship of poetry to cultural iconography, to issues of representation of race and class and gender?

The other thing I’ll ask is that students be interested in poetry as a series of local public events, as a thing that takes shape awkwardly (and beautifully for that) in unlikely venues. We’ll work, in part, on that “local” and that “public” with poets from Mills College; with them, we’ll figure out how to stage some performances.

Workshop. Discussions. Reading (and student-led discussions of readings). Weekly writing assignments. Field trips. Performances.

To be considered for admission to this course, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poetry, along with an application form, to Professor Giscombe's mailbox in 322 Wheeler BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 19th, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!

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