Classes start November 1st and we have 6-week online courses designed to give you the opportunity to work with our faculty in a shortened format that costs less and requires less of a time commitment. Check out courses like Poetry and Feminist Theory, Prose Poetry, and returning courses like Red-Headed Stepchild, Pulse Poem Pulse, and Poetics Levels 1 and 2.
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New course: Prose Poetry
In this course, we will focus on prose poetry, meaning prose that draws from the extensive tradition, formal repertoire and literary devices that readers associate with poetry. Questions we will address in class include: How can the writer become aware of the expectations that readers bring to prose, and work to undermine these readerly expectations? What approaches to (and revisions of… and critiques of…) received narrative structures are possible within prose poetry? How can narrative conventions be revised and expanded, allowing for prose works that use imagery, the space of the page, and the sonic qualities of language to forge connections between ideas and events within a text? Finally, how do we create meaning within prose works, and what alternative modes of creating meaning, connection, and coherence within a literary work are possible? We will also discuss strategies for structuring longer literary works that incorporate prose poems, focusing ways of using prose poems to compliment (and complicate) other works within the sequence, chapbook, or book manuscript. Readings will include work by Rochelle Hurt, Thalia Field & Abigail Lang, Carol Guess, Kerri Webster, Joanna Ruocco, and other writers as determined by student interests.