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Keats falls into a sonnet on “First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”; Osip Mandelstam reads “to the middle of the list of ships” before deciding “The sea—Homer—it’s all moved by love”; Dante’s Francesca and Paolo end up in hell’s second circle for reading a book too well together. Following their example, we’ll fall into reading, especially excerpts from classic texts. Through in-class writing prompts, we’ll generate portfolios of new work inspired by reading. Slanted toward poetry; all levels welcome.
Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com