Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:15 PM

Professor: Katy Didden
What is poetry? In this class, we will search for the answer to this question by reading, writing, and sharing poetry. By the end of this course, you will gain a repertoire of new rhythms, a storehouse of rhymes, and a facility with forms and structures.  You will learn tools for starting poems, tools for shaping poems, and tools for stealing the best writing tricks from other writers.  You will also encounter poems that stir the blood, and learn lines you will remember for the rest of your life. This workshop is designed to provide guidance, feedback, and ideas to aid you in your current writing process. We will approach this from three different angles: first we will read, study, and discuss the work of established and emerging poets with great attention, gathering tools for our own work; second, we will experiment with poetic forms and traditions, from sonnets to spoken word, so that we understand poetry’s traditions and evolutions; third, we will learn from each other how to build a community of writers, and what it means to read, critique, encourage, and perform poetry today.