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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 anthologies and journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Hayden's Ferry Review, Third Coast, and others. Awarded The American Poetry Review's 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, she is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University. Along with three chapbooks, she is the author of Overpour (Action Books).