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Modernist poet Ezra Pound famously said that poetry is the most compressed form of verbal expression. By this he didn’t mean that a poem is necessarily brief. He meant that poetry packs more meaning (or activity) into each word than does any other literary form. In this course you will study poems by such masters as Emily Dickinson and William Carlos Williams to see how they accomplish this feat. Special emphasis will be placed on the process of revision. Students will examine early drafts of works by well known figures. Rae Armantrout will also discuss several versions of one of her own pieces. Class members will practice creative revision. There will also be in-class writing exercises to generate new work.

Students must submit three poems in progress—or finished poems with which they are not entirely satisfied—by October 25 in one document to

Please also be prepared to distribute copies of your poems to your classmates in class.

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.

Instructor: Rae Armantrout

Class Type: 2 Sessions


Start Date: 11/03/2018

End Date: 11/04/2018

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$400.00 General Price:

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Rae Armantrout

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.

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