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Intermediate | Form describes the way a poem deploys its line, rhythm, sound, and arrangement on the page, but might also refer to a conceptual restraint or organizing idea. Students will explore a range of poetic possibilities from traditional forms to nonce and experimental forms through class discussion and writing prompts. Students will also select poems to memorize and recite, and participate in discussion of one another’s work. Readings could include Sir Thomas Wyatt, Inger Christensen, Li Po, and Fred Moten.
Lisa Wells is the author of The Fix, winner of the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize. A new book of nonfiction, Believers is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2019. She’s taught poetry and creative nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Arizona, and at Yale-NUS College in Singapore where she was an Emerging Writer in Residence. She lives with the poet Joshua Marie Wilkinson in Seattle, where they run a small press called Letter Machine Editions.