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The Poetry Collection

If a poem is a mystery, then a collection of poetry is an enigmatic puzzle; a mystical weaving of associations, ideas, themes, images, and words. We’ll examine six contemporary, Pulitzer Prize–nominated poetry collections including Sharon Olds’s, Ted Kooser’s, and Tracy K. Smith’s, learning the organization of each book and what binds each collection together: beginnings and endings, the often–muddy middle, narrative arcs, and theme development, including universal vs. personal themes. We’ll organize a mini-collection of our own poems and, for the final class, workshop them lovingly and critically.

No class Nov. 26

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.

Instructor: JM Miller

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 10/29/2014

No Class On: 11/26/2014

End Date: 12/10/2014

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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JM Miller

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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