English 143B

Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2009 Giscombe, Cecil S.
Giscombe, Cecil
M 3-6 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Texts may include Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets, 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

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 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. Reading. 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 class interests.

To be considered for admission to this class, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poems, along with an application form, to Professor Giscombe's mailbox in 322 Wheeler, by 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 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!

Other Recent Sections of This Course

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spring, 2022

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fall, 2021

143B/1

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spring, 2021

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fall, 2020

143B/1

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spring, 2020

143B/1

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