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Generating Associative Verse

The instructor for this class has been adjusted from the print catalog.

All Levels. How can we, as poets, access our subconscious minds—the land of dream where all that bizarre “stuff” surfaces? What’s the difference between associative writing and language poetry? By reading Franz Wright, John Ashbery, David Kirby and other poets whose work jumps and leaps, we’ll explore the process of writing associatively. We will discuss poems, address prompts, and generate new work as sequences or stand-alone pieces to workshop and revise. This class will address the new non-linear poetry, which is as prolific as free verse, and includes strategies for enabling the reception and articulation of what is perhaps any poet’s better half: his or her unconscious wishes and desires.

Each class session we will use about 45 minutes for discussion. The rest of the time will be utilized for generating new work as well and/or workshop of poems written during the previous week. All materials are provided by the instructor; supplementary materials will be recommended but not required.

Week 1: John Ashbery: Is understanding the booby prize?

Week 2: Paul Celan: Myth, archetypes, history: a vital stew

Week 3: Eva Ström—Illness as a creative force + Thomas Cotterill: “Associative Thinking Can Hold a Tune”

Week 4: Franz Wright: The Difficult Childhood—making lemonade from lemons

Week 5: Tomas Tranströmer: A psychologist plumbs the depths

Week 6: Wrap up Tranströmer + other poets as desired

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Janée Baugher

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 11/07/2017

End Date: 12/19/2017

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Janée Baugher

Janée J. Baugher has taught creative writing for twenty years, and is a poetry submission reader for Boulevard. She’s the author of Coördinates of Yes, The Body’s Physics, and the forthcoming, The Ekphrastic Writer: Creating Art-Influenced Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction (McFarland, 2020).

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