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Intermediate/Advanced | “Despair is … suffering on behalf of the world,” says Joanna Macy, and also “provides a context for action.” In this course we will connect to personal and global despair, transforming them into poems that relieve isolation. We will read writings by activists such as Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Cherríe Moraga, Muriel Rukeyser, and Adrienne Rich. Students will explore the headlines and engage in collective conversations during each class. There will be weekly prompts and opportunities to share your work to support engagement.
Janie Elizabeth Miller is a poet & essayist whose work explores environmental imagination & activism. She is founder of the anthology Ground Swell, a developing, online public forum for literary environmental activism. She teaches poetics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her work has most recently been published in Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics, Tupelo Press (online), and Cimarron Review.
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