English 165

Special Topics: Poetry Writing in an Ecological Field of Composition

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Campion, John
TTh 9:30-11 225 Wheeler

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Among other issues associated with the composition of poetry, this class seeks to contend with the difficulties that arise from how a poem is displayed on the page. We will look at a number of poets, such as Cummings, Pound, and Olson, who have presented their poetry in inventive ways. We’ll read a number of essays, etc, and study artists whose forms provide useful ideas and guidance—using landscape architecture as model for a poetics of the page, for example.  Throughout the course, we will see how understanding ecological systems can help shape the work. We will, of course, critically examine one another's efforts. This practice is intended to help flesh out a neglected aspect of the discipline. Ultimately, the goal is to write poetry that registers its contents more fully, appropriately, and effectively.

All students will be required to write a short manuscript of poetry and critique work by others.

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