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In a poem tumbling over numerous pages, H.D. writes, “too much: but this, this, this.” We’ll revel in length, experimenting with various forms of the long poem, including the sequence and the epic. To help us write our own long poems, we will read and respond to selections from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, H.D.’s The Walls Do Not Fall, Nathaniel Mackey’s “Song of the Andoumboulou,” C.D. Wright’s One Big Self, and more. How can a long poem sustain its energy? What is the role of narrative in a long poem? Supported by instructor and peer feedback, students will write a long poem of their own, at least ten pages. It’s time to get epic!
Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, jubilat and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University. In 2017, she received the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for Washington artists.