English 143B

Verse


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2022 Giscombe, Cecil S.
MW 5-6:30 Wheeler 337

Description

There’ll be writing prompts and there’ll be experiments involving old forms—the sonnet, the ghazal, the haibun, varieties of orature (including song).

Old forms?  From an essay: “I find  [form] interesting as a site, as a point of disembarkation for talking about that other stuff, for the ongoing work of investigation and experiment.  Sonnets can be 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….. Of course it’s the wrestling [with the form] that’s important, the labor there, not the form so much.  The form allows us to talk in class about the wrestling; it’s a thing, a topic, a place or place-holder in the never-ending conversation.”

Reading, weekly writing expectations, interrogation, argument, possible field trips and public events, "workshopping," "woodshedding," etc.  Students will be responsible for leading discussions on the work of the fall Holloway poets (Rae Armantrout, Harmony Holiday, Feliz Lucia Molina, and Mona Lisa Saloy) and the book-list will include titles (TBA) by those poets.

Workshop participants will be asked to keep a dream journal.

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spring, 2021

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fall, 2020

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spring, 2020

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