Poetry of Witness
WRITING X 432.2E
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Find ways to address social issues in this course that helps you identify ways poetry can respond to current events and unite people around individual perspectives.
What you will learn.
- Read and analyze contemporary poems of witness and social justice
- Experiment with new work by completing exercises
- Develop a small portfolio of new work suitable for literary magazines
About this course:
For those with an interest in poetry and social justice, this workshop will help students generate new work in response to current dark times. In this course, we will read and analyze contemporary witness and social justice poetry with the purpose of finding strategies for writing new poetry that is both personal and political. With a focus on experimentation and exercise, students will play with new forms while reaching for higher meaning and a wider audience, culminating in a small portfolio of work ready to be submitted to literary journals of varying size and aesthetics.