LLST

3025

RFW Poetry

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

RFW Poetry

Spring 2023

Taught By: Jennifer Firestone

Section: B

CRN: 13520

Credits: 4

The Poet's Essay is a hybridic form blending elements of lyricism, rupture, allusion, collage and documentation within the essay format. The various junctures of this mode manifest in what can be a wildly expansive, investigatory, and rebellious writing project. The poet's essay invites you to break rules, resist dichotomizing, and meticulously craft the music and sonic influence of poetry, within the structure of an essay, creating an immersive experience. The poet's essay might be the form one takes when approaching subjects of indeterminacy or ambivalence, where conclusions are not easily formulated. It might be a form where one does not want to forego "voice" alongside research and reportage. We will write critically about the Poet’s Essay in relation to our reading and develop several long and short Poet's Essays of our own. Readings include: Claudia Rankine, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Renee Gladman, Wayne Koestenbaum, Myung Mi Kim and Cecilia Vicuña. This course fulfills the Reading for Writers requirement.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:58pm EST 11/30/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

RFW Poetry: Form(s) & Formless

Spring 2023

Taught By: Wendy Xu

Section: A

CRN: 10845

Credits: 4

RFW Poetry: Form(s) and Formlessness. This Reading for Writers seminar will explore collections of contemporary poetry that center form and formal innovation, process, methodology, visual rhetorics, and conceptual elements. All poems have form, but not all poems agitate known and named forms in order to create something truly uncategorizable, often using unexpected raw materials to construct the poem itself. How do contemporary poets use formal experimentation to disrupt (and dialogue with) historical narratives, cultural norms, and the politics of their day? How does form emote in poetry, and what can be learned from poets for whom form and feeling are inextricable? Through close-reading, craft discussion, critical response, creative writing exercises and play, students will immerse themselves in wild, restless, visual work that challenges how we read poetry and any preconceptions about the politeness of the genre. Together we’ll sharpen our skills as confident “form-forward” readers of poetry, as well as writers over the course of the semester. Students should be prepared to lead occasional discussions, share their original poetry and contribute to the classroom environment, write a midterm close-reading paper, and produce a final critical or creative self-designed project. Some poets we will consider include, but are not limited to, Amber Atiya, Bhanu Khapil, Don Mee Choi, Diane Di Prima, CA Conrad, Layli Long Soldier, Robin Coste Lewis, and many more.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:58pm EST 11/30/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 501

Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023

RFW Poetry: Form(s) & Formless

Fall 2022

Taught By: Wendy Xu

Section: A

CRN: 8764

Credits: 4

RFW Poetry: Form(s) and Formlessness. This Reading for Writers seminar will explore collections of contemporary poetry that center form and formal innovation, process, methodology, visual rhetorics, and conceptual elements. All poems have form, but not all poems agitate known and named forms in order to create something truly uncategorizable, often using unexpected raw materials to construct the poem itself. How do contemporary poets use formal experimentation to disrupt (and dialogue with) historical narratives, cultural norms, and the politics of their day? How does form emote in poetry, and what can be learn from poets for whom form and feeling are inextricable? Through close-reading, craft discussion, critical response, creative writing exercises and play, students will immerse themselves in wild, restless, visual work that challenges how we read poetry and any preconceptions about the politeness of the genre. Together we’ll sharpen our skills as confident “form-forward” readers of poetry, as well as writers over the course of the semester. Students should be prepared to lead occasional discussions, share their original poetry and contribute to the classroom environment, write a midterm close-reading paper, and produce a final critical or creative self-designed project. Some poets we will consider include, but are not limited to, Amber Atiya, Bhanu Khapil, Don Mee Choi, Diane Di Prima, CA Conrad, Layli Long Soldier, Robin Coste Lewis, and many more.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:58pm EST 11/30/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 464

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022