Poets of Witness and Engagement [Carolyne Wright]
All Levels. Yusef Komunyakaa, Carolyn Forché, Brian Turner, and Solmaz Sharif are known for their voices of witness: confronting war, injustice, and other conditions of extremity from first-hand experience in thoughtful and resonant work. We will read their poems that engage with and respond to urgent political and social contexts. Then, through writing exercises and workshop discussions, we will create our own work that inspires and provokes. Books for this course: Dien Cai Dao by Yusef Komunyakaa; The Country Between Us by Carolyn Forché; Here, Bullet by Brian Turner; Look by Solmaz Sharif.