Classy Talk with Jane Wong: Spring 2014

Posted Fri, 3/07/2014 - 4:29pm by  |  Category:

Jane WongWhat is the title of your class? 

 “But This, This, This”: Writing the Long Poem

People should take this class if… 

You love working on a project rather than a single unit. Writing a long poem can be quite rewarding since you come back to it each and every day with a fresh addition. If you are a fiction writer, this could be an interesting approach to creating and sustaining narrative in a poem. If you want to discover what a poem can do—beyond the succinct and “tidy” space of one page—take this class! Addition, rather than subtraction, can be invigorating!

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?

Yes! Please find me on Facebook. I also have a Tumblr where I post updates regularly.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?

Yes! Links to my poems and essays online can be found on my website.

Here are recent links to work online:

Longer poems at The Volta and EOAGH.

Shorter poems at The JournalPoetry Northwest, and Linebreak.

An essay at Tin House.

What’s your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy revolves around taking risks in the classroom. I love trying out new exercises and strategies and collaborating. I often like going out of the classroom, to bring life to what we’re reading and writing. I believe in rigor and responsiveness, kindness and direction.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my first book of poems, OVERPOUR. 

What’s your favorite “rule” of writing to break in your own writing?

I often feel like writing a long poem “breaks” the rules. Writing workshops often teach us to “reign it in” and to take out what’s unnecessary. Long poems allow for excess, for delighting in the expansiveness of imagination. I also break the rules of “poetic” language. The word “puke” is just as beautiful as the word “sea.”

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?
Right now, I’m reading and teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost. I would pair this with cider! A whole jug of cider.