The Universe of the Long Poem
Long poems create a cosmos for the reader: they invite bigger life, more vulnerability, grander designs. But what makes a long poem work, and how do we write them? In this generative and reading class, you’ll plumb principles and possibilities for shaping long works, you’ll receive detailed feedback and group discussion on your poem, you’ll introduce a classmate’s work, and you’ll explore long single poems by such groundbreakers as Fred Moten and Louise Glück.
No class on 11/8.
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Jay Aquinas Thompson
Jay Aquinas Thompson (he/they) is a poet, essayist, and teacher with recent or forthcoming work in Interim, Pacifica Literary Review, Passages North, COAST | NoCOAST, and Poetry Northwest, where they're a contributing editor. Their poem "Poor and Carefree Strangers," published in FIVES: a Companion to Denver Quarterly, was a 2021–2022 Best of the Net nominee, and they're a 2021 Tin House Workshop alum. They've been awarded grants and fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Community of Writers, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and King County 4Culture. They live with their child in Washington state, where they teach creative writing to public school students and incarcerated women. Twitter @jayaquinas; Instagram @freshwater_merman