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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2008

E 386L • Poetry Workshop: Quarrels, Crossroads, and Monsters

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35465 W
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
CAL 323

Course Description

In this workshop we'll take a look at the necessary tensions, and contradictions of a poem. We'll explore, to borrow from Yeats, the argument with the self and the argument with world variety of quarrels. We'll investigate how and where the unlikely meet, at what crossroads. We'll consider what beast is begotten by two or more "pure" animals, what monster, what remix? In short, a poem affirms that nothing in language can be by itself in the way it brings together things both disparate and alike. This is a workshop you might consider wholly in the tradition of writing workshops, the discussions of which intend on getting at the root of subject and order.


Poets we may consider may include Etheridge Knight, Eric Gamalinda, Philip Levine, June Jordan, James Wright, et. al. Readings will also include essays, perhaps by Frost, Achebe, Lorde, Lorca, et. al. Concomitant discussions may (and should!) include the poem in the air, the risk of ardor, home and nowhere at once, power, and the poem's body/the body's poem, music, music, and sound.


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