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We will open by discussing just what a poetic obsession is. Then we’ll apply that definition to strategies for engaging with poems written as parts of long projects, sequences, and works in series. We’ll read excerpts of works in sequence and participate in prompts crafted to generate work from a single source of inspiration. Readings will pull from David Lee’s The Porcine Canticles, Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Rochelle Hurt’s The Rusted City, CA Conrad’s The Book of Frank, and Thorpe Moeckel’s Venison. Writing exercises will encourage the generation of new work.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four books of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems, and co-chairs Kundiman's advisory board. He teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.