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Jack Spicer writes: “Break / Your poem / Like you would cut a grapefruit.” We will consider the line break in all its glory. When should we break a line? How does a line hold tension? How does a space break differ from a line break? We will explore a multitude of line-break styles to re-energize our writing, using poems from Jack Spicer, Brenda Shaughnessy, Susan Howe, Richard Hugo, Hannah Sanghee Park, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and others. Along with readings, the class will include generative writing prompts, experiments, and mini-workshops.
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).