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Techniques of Poetry: Hidden Histories
Spring 2024
Section: 01  

Through a series of immersive reading and writing experiments, we will work toward uncovering and preserving histories that might otherwise be forgotten. In order to do this, we will study the documentary and investigative techniques poets have employed while attempting to write about hard-to-articulate events like grief, secrecy, unrecorded events, ecological disasters and environmental concerns, traumas, racism, gender politics, bright-but-fleeting moments of existence, and hauntings of all kinds. We will read and record accounts that cannot be told but must be told. We will work to uncover--and possibly heal--areas of historical numbness. We will explore poetry's relationship to preservation and the dynamic bonds between representation and reparation. And we will rewire history through history, making use of archival materials, public testimony, newspaper accounts, photographs, family documents, and more.

Guided by critical and creative investigations, in-class writing experiments, and extended projects, students will compose poems inspired by their own research. There will be presentations on the literature we read, as well as class discussions and workshops of one another's creative work. The class will culminate in a book arts project and a reflective essay.

Special attention will also be given to cultivating community and the benefits of sustaining an embodied artistic practice during extreme times and how doing so may benefit the health of the whole artist.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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