Reverse Engineering: Poems From the Inside Out
Date: 6/6/18 – 7/18/18
Class Level: Intermediate
• Regular: $234.00
• Member: $210.60
Reverse engineering is the process of extracting knowledge or design information from a product and reproducing it based on the extracted information. What if we apply this concept to poetry? As poets, what can we learn through close, careful examination of the making of a poem? What will we discover as we attempt to imitate poets we admire?
In this class, we'll read a wide variety of contemporary multicultural poets and examine the style, technique, and voice of each writer. After each group of readings, we will try our hand at imitating specific poetic strategies to broaden our understanding of poems from the inside out. Poems by Safia Elhillo, Terrance Hayes, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Nicole Sealey, Layli Long Soldier, Solmaz Sharif, Shane McCrae, and many others will be studied.
This class is ideal for folks wanting to deepen their engagement with reading and writing poetry. Some background is helpful, but not necessary. All readings will be made available online. Participants can expect to read 10-15 pages of poetry and 1 technical essay per week, share a poem and engage in peer critique twice during the session, and complete writing exercises based on our readings.