English 143B

Verse: Instructive Mysteries


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2010 Zapruder, Matthew J
Zapruder, Matthew
M 3-6 263 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

Texts will include a variety of contemporary poetry books, as well as essays and other supplementary materials. Students will receive a list of required texts on the first day of class. In addition to weekly course meetings, students will have the opportunity to attend readings and discussions with poets at the Josephine Miles House or in other locations.

Description

"A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words" --William Carlos Williams

How do poems work? To that question there are at least as many answers as there are poems. Often poets have the experience of writing intuitively, moving through the darkness to accomplish strange and marvelous effects without any planning or premeditation. And then comes the desire to do it again. By carefully thinking and talking together about how poems move from word to word, idea to idea, sound to sound, we can deepen our understanding of poetry, not to mention life.

This course is designed to help you deepen your understanding of what you are doing in your own poetry; to give you many different strategies for writing more poems (as well as revising); and to respectfully illuminate, as far as is possible, some of the great varieties of workings of poems. As one of the goals of this class is to keep you regularly writing, each week I will give you a writing exercise. I will also assign some helpful and excellent reading. Class meetings will be divided between discussing some of the results of these writing exercises, as well as weekly readings of poetry, essays, and other materials. Class discussions will focus primarily on exploration of the choices a writer has made: how the small (or large) machine of the poem is working, what it is doing, what the poem seems to be trying to accomplish, and what further possibilities for writing and understanding it opens.

To be considered for admission to this course, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poetry, along with an application form, to Professor Zapruder's mailbox in 322 Wheeler BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 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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