English Ccdp. Found Poems, Erasures and Other Adventures in Documentary Poetry

Instructor: Tracy K. Smith
Time: Monday, 12:00-2:45pm | Location: Barker 269
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Enrollment: Limited to 12 students

In their quest for clarity, revelation and consolation, poets engage with, reflect upon and speak back to the world in a range of ways. In pursuit of these very same aims, poets also listen closely to what has already been said by others at registers spanning intimate exchange, public discourse and sacred utterance. In this poetry workshop, we’ll engage in an exploration of found materials—letters, news articles, historical texts, police reports, instruction manuals and more—to see what new forms of dialogue they might invite, and what light they might shed upon the questions, concerns and apprehensions of our current time. With readings by Muriel Rukeyser, Robin Coste Lewis, Nicole Sealey, Michael Kleber-Diggs and others. 

Supplemental Application Information: Please submit a writing sample of 5-10 poems and an application letter explaining your interest in this course.

Apply via Submittable (deadline: Saturday, January 15 at 11:59pm ET)