SUMMARY OF SESSION II COURSES
Classes beginning in late March/early April 2013.
See further below for complete course descriptions.
Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby (Fiction)
7:45-9:45pm (Apr 8-May 6)
The Creep Factor (Fiction)
7-9pm (Apr 9-Apr 30)
Fairy Tales (Fiction)
7:30-9:30pm (April 9-Apr 30)
Contemporary Approaches to the Lyric (Poetry)
8-10pm (Apr 3-Apr 24)
Against Forgetting: 20th Century Confessional Poetry (Poetry)
8-10pm (Apr 10-May 1)
Ruthless Brevity (Cross-Genre)
5-7pm (Apr 5-May 3)
The Obscene (Fiction)
12pm-2pm (Apr 6-May 4)
Fiction or Not (Nonfiction)
2-4pm (Mar 30-May 4)
Writing Backwards (Nonfiction)
4-6pm (Apr 7-Apr 28)
**Against Forgetting: 20th Century Confessional Poetry
4 sessions: April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1
Amber Galeo and Catherine Pond
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What makes a confessional poem? Is it an exclusively American practice? Does one gender do it better? In this class we will read and discuss Confessionalist poets of the twentieth- century, including Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Robert Lowell, Louise Gluck, Marie Howe, Franz Wright, Frank Bidart and more. We will explore how Confessionalism has changed and expanded over the century and what it means to us today. Most of the time spent in class will be devoted to workshopping your original pieces. In response to the readings, you will write and revise one new poem for each class. In these poems, you will seek to explore and reveal whatever it is inside of you that terrifies, haunts, enlightens, or even humiliates. We will discuss how to translate the urgency of these emotions into a sense of urgency in your written work. By the last class, you should expect to have completed a few polished poems in addition to some casual in-class writing exercises.
**Contemporary Approaches to the Lyric
4 sessions: April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24
Will Brewer and Liam Powell
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This course hopes to aid the generation of original work, encouraging the poet not only to
explore the self, but to question its connotative inheritance, its imaginative reinventions,
and, ultimately, its creations. Brief readings from Modern and Surrealist texts will be
juxtaposed with contemporary collections whose play with the materiality of language
opens onto deeper lyric interrogation. Emphasis will be directed toward developing
strong skills with form, image, rhetoric, and rhythm.
Writers to be discussed include: Timothy Donnelly, Robyn Schiff, Geoffrey G. O’Brien,
Lucy Brock-Broido, Jorie Graham, Brett Fletcher Lauer, Jeff Clark, Dorothea Lasky,
Maggie Nelson, Andre Breton, Francis Picabia, John Ashbery, and others.