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This class serves as an introduction to poetry writing, combining in-class exercises, take-home assignments, and discussion of a wide range of poems. We’ll look at the intersection of poetry and the everyday as a means for generating our own poems; we’ll also study how this concept has its roots in traditional forms such as the ode and haiku. We’ll investigate how poets both recent (Ralph Angel, Rachel Zucker, Robert Creeley) and past (especially Emily Dickinson and John Keats) have taken familiar objects, speech, and image to unexpected places.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Bill Carty has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Artist Trust, and Hugo House. He is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming, Octopus Books). His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and other journals.