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Instructor Info:Heather Madden
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Thursday
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 104

About the prose poem, poet Campbell McGrath asks, 'Do the formal fields end where the valley begins, or does everything that surrounds us emerge from its embrace?' We will explore this well-established (yet liminal) form in workshop. Assignments will include weekly readings and responses to published and peer work, imitations, and writing exercises. Each workshop member is required to maintain a course journal and to complete one formal presentation of the work of a published (prose) poet. Limited to 16 students, this course is suitable for writers who have taken at least one 200-level poetry workshop.

Please note: Beyond class meeting time, students should expect to spend at least six to eight hours per week on preparation and work. This time includes reading, writing, responding to peer and published work, and may include required attendance at, or participation in, writing-related events.

Additional Info:

Required Materials (bring these to each class meeting)

Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, ed. David Lehman, isbn: 0-7432-4350-1 (Pbk)

Journal/notebook of your choosing


Additional reading: collection/prose poems by an author of your choosing