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In this reading-and-writing immersion in the ode, we’ll read and discuss several landmark poems in the ode tradition in English and Spanish. Following the ideas of C.D. Wright’s essay “The New American Ode,” we’ll look for the survival of the spirit of the ode (rather than traditional form) in contemporary poems by John Weiners, Bernadette Mayer, Kevin Young, Ken Chen, and others. Drawing from these insights, students will write an ode of their own and we will workshop a draft, hopefully opening the door for further exploration.
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.
Ed Skoog is the author of four books of poems, most recently Travelers Leaving for the City (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New Republic and elsewhere. He is a former writer-in-residence at Hugo House.