Poetry Seminar: Writing as Witnessing
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|154642||Poetry Seminar: Writing as Witnessing||2 PS||Mo 14:15 - 15:45||R. 0.406||Cowgill|
In this class will read a sample of American poems engaged with the project of witnessing, or to borrow the term coined by poet and activist Carolyn Forché “poetry of witness.” What does it mean to be a witness? What does it mean to write about injustices? What can a poem do that a news report can’t? Our readings will act as signposts for our own writing. Students will be expected to turn in their own poems of witness throughout the semester. They will also participate in a workshop. Students will learn how to give constructive critiques by engaging with the poetry of their peers. Participation is vital to the workshop. A portfolio with an introduction and poems will be due at the end of the course.
Michaela Cowgill is guest lecturer from the University of Virginia.
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