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In this reading-and-writing immersion in the ode, we’ll read and discuss several landmark poems in the ode tradition in English and Spanish. Following the ideas of C.D. Wright’s essay “The New American Ode,” we’ll look for the survival of the spirit of the ode (rather than traditional form) in contemporary poems by John Weiners, Bernadette Mayer, Kevin Young, Ken Chen, and others. Drawing from these insights, students will write an ode of their own and we will workshop a draft, hopefully opening the door for further exploration.
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.
Ed Skoog is the author of four books of poems, most recently Travelers Leaving for the City (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New Republic and elsewhere. He is a former writer-in-residence at Hugo House.