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In this class, we will examine and explore the (troubling) image – “troubling” in the African-American sense (i.e., as a means of radical and transformational change or disruption) as well as “troubling” to mean disturbance. One of the objectives of the course is to query, challenge, define, and redefine what exactly poetic image is. Through close-reading of poems by a diverse array of poets such as Brigit Pegeen Kelly and Lucille Clifton, we will interrogate the historical, personal, and social image that might trouble the reader. We’ll also trouble the stable notion of the image, coming to understand the image as both the stable and not-so stable ground of the lyric meditation.
Roger Reeves is the author of King Me, a book of poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and Tin House, among others. He has been awarded an NEA Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships.