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ALL Course: Readings in Contemporary American Poetry
September 20, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Readings in Contemporary American Poetry
With John Ford & John H. Miller
Date: Wednesdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM Campus
“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know it. Is there any other way?” – Emily Dickinson
There are, of course, other less lethal ways of knowing “that is poetry” not requiring partial decapitation or entering the early stages of hypothermia. But the idea that poetry is about emotions is almost universally true. Powerful emotions, subtle emotions, unusual images, a narrative told in a new way, a creative and unusual use of language – each of these can precipitate a strong and visceral response, or an unexpected epiphany. And we can learn to see and know ourselves more clearly.
This six-week course will focus on contemporary American poetry by writers who are living, some of whom are well established and others who are less well known, but who may become the canonical writers of the future.
Since some of the poems we read may not be available on the Internet, each course participant should obtain a copy of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, edited by Oxford poet Sue Ellen Thompson (Autumn House Press, 2005, ISBN 1-932870-7). Most of the poems in this anthology are quite short. This will allow us to read and discuss the works of several poets each week.
Members $30 | Non-Members $45