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Poetry has been called the most condensed form of verbal expression. This course will consider the role – or perhaps the power – of what’s left out of a poem. Poets all deal with the question of how to stop – where to break a line, when to end a poem. What’s enough? What’s too much? The instructor will discuss her own practice (with examples) and the class will discuss poems by Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Graham Foust, etc. Please bring a poem (by anyone) that you find relevant to this topic and a poem of your own with which you aren’t entirely pleased.
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.
Rae Armantrout has published thirteen books of poems. Her most recent books are Itself and Just Saying, both from Wesleyan. Versed (Wesleyan, 2009) won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle award in 2010. She is professor emeritus at UC San Diego.