English 43B

Introduction to the Writing of Verse

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2013 Loofbourow, Lili
Loofbourow, Liliana
TTh 2-3:30 301 Wheeler

Book List

Finch, Annie: An Exaltation of Forms; Kowit, Steve: In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet's Portable Workshop;

Recommended: Boisseau, Michelle: Writing Poems



Green Buddhas

On the fruit stand.

We eat the smile

And spit out the teeth.

--Charles Simic

Poetry’s hardy stuff. It doesn’t have to be sacred. In this course we’re going to wade in with muddy hands, take poetry and make it do things. We’ll read it, write it, bend it, hem it, saw it, smell it. We’ll talk about what energizes and what drags, and whether vim or sloth seems right for that poetic moment. We’ll be thinking hard, not about what we like or what we don’t—though that’s part of it too—but how our liking or misliking is born. What effect triggered it? How was the effect built? On what grounds, in other words, is your aesthetic response built? By the end of this course we’ll have experimented with a wide range of poetic angles on the world and thought deeply about craft, form, and how we’ve been invited to see. Hopefully, we’ll come to understand poetry as a flexible material with which to make new experiences (earthy, sonic, passionate, formal, quiet, rhythmic, carnal or abstract).

We’ll be investigating some forms and production methods you might know as well as some new ones (these will include elegies, aubades, sonnets, litanies, etc.). Each week, we’ll be exploring a different mode while studying a wide variety of poems and writing and workshopping poems of our own. The final assignment will be a portfolio of your revised poems. 

To be considered for admission to this course, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poetry, along with an application form, to Lili Loofbourow's mailbox in 322 Wheeler BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 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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