Poetry Workshop

WRIT S1201
3 points
Session I: May 26 - July 2
M, W 11 am - 1:10 pm
Instructor: Robert Ostrom
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According to William Carlos Williams, "A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words." In this workshop, we will build these machines, with careful attention to the parts--word, line, and stanza; pacing, form, and rhyme. Weekly exercises will help students experiment and practice various poetic elements. Readings, of mostly contemporary poetry, will serve as inspiration and/or models for these exercises.
 
Students' poems will be read and discussed during workshops with the goal of cultivating each other's voice and style. In addition, students will practice and consider extensive revisions for the sake of improving others' and their own work. Furthermore, through workshops and written explications, students will develop a critical approach to poetry.
 
Members of the beginning poetry workshop will explore the challenges writing and reading poetry pose: What is poetry? What makes it worthwhile? Where do we find inspiration? Through dialogue, writing procedures, spells and incantations, we will discover if and how the muse can be summoned.

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Tuition & Fees
 
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Materials Fee: $20
 
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About the Instructor
 
Robert Ostrom

Robert Ostrom is from Jamestown, New York. He is the author of The Youngest Butcher in Illinois and two chapbooks, To Show the Living and Nether and Qualms. more
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