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Urban Pastoral: The City Poem

Intermediate | American poetry has a rich history of articulating the truth of our cities. We might call this tradition urban pastoral, in contrast to English pastoral poetry, which idealizes rural life. By reframing the pastoral in an urban setting, the poem’s relationship with landscape becomes more complicated. In exercises and assignments, we will celebrate aspects of city life and recognize and engage with its complexities. Our poems might be considered encounters, attempts to map the city’s public and private spaces.

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: Erich Schweikher

Class Type: 8 Sessions

Start Date: 04/24/2018

End Date: 06/12/2018

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Erich Schweikher

Erich Schweikher recently returned to Seattle after seven years of teaching and writing in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the co-founder and editor of the annual poetry/poetics journal Northside Review. (He finds that it is often more enjoyable to publish others’ work than write his own.) His poems and essays have appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Action Yes, and 42opus, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, he has always had a fondness for the sea. He still dreams of being a tugboat captain.

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