The "F" Word: Innovative Poetic Forms
WRITING X 432.8E
Learn how a poem's form can elevate its impact as you experiment with and ultimately invent your own forms.
Starting at $475.00
As few as 6 weeks
What you can learn.
- Read and discuss formally adventurous work by contemporary poets
- Experiment with formal elements like sound, repetition, and shape
- Adapt non-poetic forms of writing into poems of your own making
- Invent a form based on experiments you complete in class
About this course:When we approach writing poems, we should distinguish between “pattern” (repetition) and “form” (shape). In this workshop, we boldly seek new forms our poems can take, taking inspiration from contemporary poets who experiment with form and from writing prompts that encourage risky writing. Each week, you workshop poems and discuss ways to incorporate form more centrally in your poetry. You leave the course with all the tools you need to structure your work creatively and innovatively. A familiarity with traditional poetic forms (however slight) is especially helpful for this workshop.
Summer 2020 Schedule
These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Charles Jensen
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.
No refunds after July 08, 2020
Book: Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms: 85 Leading Contemporary Poets Select and Comment on Their Poems
©1996 University of Michigan Press
(Optional) Book: The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms, Revised and Expanded Edition by Lewis Putnam Turco
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.