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

Spring 2009

E 341L • Poetry Workshop

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34375 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
PAR 302
Somers-Willet, S

Course Description

Through a workshop format, this course offers further experience in reading, writing, and revising poetry. Our primary focus will be on your own literary production-- writing and critiquing individual poems, with occasional writing exercises as the class elects. We will also read and discuss books by contemporary poets from a writer's point of view, using our discussions to think beyond the single poem and envision how poems work together in collections. In this way, the workshop is ideal for advanced writers who are considering pursuing theses or other kinds of collections, or those who are interested in exploring issues in contemporary poetry.

Students will be expected to revise eight to ten poems to be included in a portfolio at the semester's end. Your writing throughout the semester, including all drafts, should be included in this final project. In addition, you will be responsible for developing brief responses of either a critical or creative nature to our assigned readings. Due to the timely nature of our class discussions, regular attendance and participation is mandatory.

Grading Policy

Students will be graded on the quality of their revised work (75%), attendance and active contributions to the class (15%), and responses to informal writing assignments (10%).


Louise Gl├╝ck, The Wild Iris, Nick Flynn, Some Ether, Anne Carson, Short Talks, Katie Ford, Deposition


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