English 143B

Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2019 Giscombe, Cecil S.
MW 12-1:30 301 Wheeler

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 ability 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.Field trips. 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.

Texts will include Best American Poetry 2019 (edited by David Lehman and Major Jackson) and books by the fall Holloway series visitors—Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes (Erica Hunt), Wobble (Rae Armantrout), and The Ants (Sawako Nakayasu)— plus supplemental materials TBA.

To read about when and where the results of the applications will be posted, click here.

Only continuing UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply for this course. To be considered for admission, please electronically submit 5 pages of your poems (any combination of long or short poems or fragments of poems, the total length not exceeding five pages), by clicking on the link below; fill out the application you'll find there and attach the writing sample as a Word document or .rtf file. The deadline for completing this application process is 11 PM, THURSDAY, APRIL 25.

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