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Politics and Poetry

Mark Edmundson recently complained in Harper’s Magazine that contemporary American poets fail to take clear, political stands. We’ll discuss political poems and read what poets have said about politics and poetry, focusing on how political poems fail or succeed to communicate truths of human feeling in their attempt to be topical. What do poets risk when they write political poems? What good do political poems do the world? We’ll read Percy Shelley, John Keats, and Lord Byron, and then more modern poets like James Wright, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Carolyn Forche, and Carl Phillips. Looking for writers of all levels able to discuss hot topics respectfully.

No class Nov. 30.

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.

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Instructor: Johnny Horton

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 11/02/2014

No Class On: 11/30/2014

End Date: 12/14/2014

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Johnny Horton

John Wesley Horton (aka Johnny Horton) co-directs the University of Washington’s summer creative writing program in Rome. He’s received a Washington Artist Trust GAP grant and his poems appear in Poetry Northwest, Cutbank, Notre Dame Review, Borderlands, and The Los Angeles Review.

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