Befuddled, Bereft, Broken: Resistance to Poetic Closure
with Dilruba Ahmed
In this class, we’ll think together about how selected poems create an interplay between closure and openness. Specifically, we’ll examine poems that grapple with difficult (and therefore not easily resolved) content. How do poets use syntax, diction, and more to thwart our sense of closure in ways that are emotionally resonant with the content? We’ll also explore possibilities for closure and openness in our own work. Bring one to two draft poems for experimentation!
Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press), won the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.
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