Reframing the Form


Explore contemporary and innovative approaches to poetic forms while drawing inspiration from the work of outstanding contemporary poets.


What you can learn.

  • Experiment with poetic forms like the ghazal, elegy, sestina, and more
  • Write and workshop draft poems while providing feedback to classmates
  • Read contemporary poetry and discuss the relationship between content and form
  • Develop a portfolio of 4-5 poems using techniques developed in class

About this course:

How can poets experiment with traditional forms of poetry so that they speak of the world today? This workshop explores contemporary and innovative approaches to poetic forms such as the ghazal, the elegy, the sestina, and more. Students will write and share poems, drawing inspiration from the work of poets like Patricia Smith, Larry Levis, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jamila Woods, and Aracelis Girmay. The course goal is to finish with a portfolio of four to five polished poems, utilizing new techniques and approaches to (re)writing form poetry.

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