Honors Poetry Workshop

Schools of Public Engagement: Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Honors Poetry Workshop

Fall 2019

Taught By: Kathleen Ossip

Section: A

CRN: 1728

Credits: 3

While this course is a workshop in which student poems are the primary focus, we also devote significant time to outside readings that concern the intersection of the political and the personal. When poets look at the finitude of interior experiences of an individual speaker within the chaotic largess of today's world, the province of the traditional lyric poem might seem limiting. With the presidential election stampeding full force and groups such as Black Lives Matter continuing to expose the corrosive persistence of disenfranchisement, we might be inclined toward inquiring how American poets approach political subjects. As they enlarge their vision and delineate what it means to live at this pivotal historical moment, what can their poems offer by way of inspiration—in both form and content—for the writing of our own poems? In this course, we look at poems that approach the political and the national in a variety of ways—explicit and implied, confessional and experimental—that encourage students to open their poems to the interconnectedness of the public and the personal. Our readings include poems, essays, and interviews by Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, C.K. Williams, Paul Monette, Rita Dove, Alicia Ostriker, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Cathy Park Hong, Ann Lauterbach, Rachel Loden, Claudia Rankine, David Trinidad, and Gregory Pardlo. This Writing & Democracy course is open to all undergraduate students at The New School.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Writing Program (NWRW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 11:30am 3/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019