This class will draw inspiration from the counsel of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” In this spirit, we will experiment with different generative exercises and read poems to guide us, to challenge us, and to spur us on. Possible writers whose work we will discuss include Layli Long Soldier, Renee Gladman, D. A. Powell, Charles Wright, Carl Philips. We’ll take inspiration from their examples and develop strategies for revising and re-making our poems by “unsettling our syntax.”
Mary Szybist is the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry, and Granted, a finalist for the 20003 National Book Critics Circle Award. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, she has taught at the Michener Center for Writers, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she is the Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis & Clark College.
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