English 143A

: Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2007 Giscombe, Cecil S.
Giscombe, Cecil
TTh 3:30-5 301 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Texts may include Best American Poetry 2007, Michael Ondaatje�s Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Gwendolyn Brooks� Selected Poems. This list is tentative. Students should come to class before buying books.

Description

"The question is whether or not poetry can be more than a series of successful gestures, as F. Scott Fitzgerald put it rather long ago, or arrive at something other than the statement or restatement of an emotional truth or idea. Can poetry intervene? What�s the relationship of poetry to public iconography, to issues of the public representation of race and class and gender?



Can poetry challenge the way we look at culture and language? The argument of this course is that it can and must. (And who is this �we�?)



Workshop. Discussions. Weekly writing assignments. All students will participate in a public, out-of-class poetry as intervention project; the nature and scope of this project will depend on individual interests. "

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