Course Title: Reading Contemporary Poetry: Tools, Tips, and Tricks
Instructor: Dr. Marta Ferguson
Schedule: W 6-8pm, 02/11-/3/04
Number of sessions: 4
Textbook/ISBN: The Poetry Readers' Toolkit by Marc Polonsky/ISBN 9780844259888
At rowdy coffeehouse poetry slams and in hushed literary readings alike, poetry continues to make its way in the world. But most of it doesn’t look or sound like the poetry of the past. Want a better understanding of this literary and cultural phenomenon? Join us as we explore the range of voices and styles that make up the pageant of contemporary poetry.
By the end of this class, you will have read, understood, and enjoyed dozens of contemporary poems, read and "come to appreciate" dozens more. You'll have a better understanding of various literary techniques as they apply to poetry and a good sense of the genre's history the last fifty years. You'll be a better reader of any text you chose to take up.