Summer Course: Poetry Workshop

Summer Course: Poetry Workshop

Summer Course: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (CRWT 326), Unique Robinson.

This poetry workshop course will utilize a blend of classic & contemporary poets, and a deliberate inclusion of poets who exist on the margins (or outside) of the poetic canon.  Poets who tease these notions include June Jordan, Kenneth Something, Robin Coste Lewis, & Barbara Jane Reyes, among many others. We will engage with themes regarding the burden of representation of poets of color, the freedom of experimentalism of west coast poets, and the weight of what’s not said being as important as what is; and the shaping of the stage/spoken word performance persona, its raw, explosive energy, rise in online and festival fame, and still seemingly bastardized inclusion/exclusion into the literary canon (and whether or not this matters to the spoken word poets themselves).

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