Spring 2020

ENG-W 513, Writing Poetry

Course Dates: 1/13/2020 - 5/8/2020

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Course Description

W513 Writing Poetry offers students new methods of writing and revising poems. Nearly each week we will do some writing, reading, discussing and workshopping. We'll begin with deep fundamentals - strategies for invention, practice with the poetic line, rhythm, and metaphor. Then we'll transition to a deep revision unit where we'll rework the same poem seven different ways over the course of the week. Finally, we'll complete three modules in conversation with outstanding contemporary poets Diane Seuss, Ross Gay and Maggie Smith before closing Independent Poetry Projects and workshopping for the final portfolio. Note: I've made all the assignments for this class due on Wednesdays and Sundays. You can post any time prior to the due dates, but I thought consistency would help everyone stay on top of the work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

Learning Materials

Addonizio, Kim. Ordinary Genius. Norton, 2009.

Gay, Ross. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. University of Pittsburgh, 2015.

Seuss, Diane. Four-Legged Girl. Graywolf, 2015.

Smith, Maggie. The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison. Tupelo, 2015.


Poems and workshop responses to colleagues' work: 25%
Ten discussion posts: 25%
Independent Poetry Project (proposal, sampler, presentation): 10%
X-Treme Revision Reflective Essay: 10%
Introductory Scavenger Hunt: 5%
Portfolio: 25%