The Craft of Poetry


In the 70s and 80s writers such as Adrienne Rich and Alice Walker concerned themselves with issues such as a woman's right to agency over their own body, navigating the writing life as a parent, and gay visibility. Some forty-plus years later are these concerns still the same for women and non-binary poets? What are the feminist obsessions and resistances that have emerged in recent years and how do these concerns articulate themselves through language and form? Using the 2010 creation of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and the current #MeToo Movement as an approximate timeframe for discussion, this course attempts to answer the aforementioned questions. The first part of the semester will center itself on the discussion of feminist poetry collections, with some paired with modern feminist texts for formal comparison and contrast. In the latter part of the semester, students will workshop their own poems. While the focus is on poetry and poetics, some prose may be introduced as well. A wide range of writers will be discussed and may include works by: Khadijah Queen, Paisley Rekdal, Chelsea DesAutels, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. PREREQS: Undergraduate students must have taken Writing 322 Poetry 2 to enroll. This course counts toward the Creative Writing Concentration.
Course Attributes: EN H; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM; WR P

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The Craft of Poetry
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