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In a poem tumbling over numerous pages, H.D. writes, “too much: but this, this, this.” We’ll revel in length, experimenting with various forms of the long poem, including the sequence and the epic. To help us write our own long poems, we will read and respond to selections from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, H.D.’s The Walls Do Not Fall, Nathaniel Mackey’s “Song of the Andoumboulou,” C.D. Wright’s One Big Self, and more. How can a long poem sustain its energy? What is the role of narrative in a long poem? Supported by instructor and peer feedback, students will write a long poem of their own, at least ten pages. It’s time to get epic!
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems and essays can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, and Ecotone. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, and others. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.