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The Ars Poetica and the Development of a Personal Vision

Intermediate | At some point, we have all written the poem on writing poems. Sometimes such poems are written simply to explore or expose our own processes, or to vent our frustrations over the challenges of writing. Writing the ars poetica can help us unearth how we came to those views and if they hold true over time. How do our attitudes, backgrounds, and experiences inform the way we think about writing? If our personal narratives shift, how does that impact our approach to the poem? We will discuss how the conscious questioning of our thoughts and feelings about poetry can “twig by twig” (as Archibald MacLeish notes in his poem, “Ars Poetica”) move us toward a comprehensive and sustainable personal vision for our work.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Vievee Francis

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Winter 2021

Start Date: 02/28/2021

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

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Vievee Francis

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016) and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, 2019, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

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