Dana Levin’s Graduate Poetry Workshop Rescheduled

May 31, 2009

Dana Levin’s English 522: Graduate Poetry Workshop has been rescheduled to Wednesdays, 4:00-6:30.


Each week we will critique original poetry produced by students. Workshop will focus on revision and ways we can open a poem up to become its strongest and most vivid self, predicated on these ideas: that a poem has an autonomous life apart from the author’s will and intention, and that composition/revision is an act of dynamic relation between you and the poem: what does the poem want you to do with it? How do you find that out? Strange exercises may be assigned to further poem-opening; engaging the unconscious will be a focus. We will also, together, determine what kinds of readings would best advance the class: readings that teach us something about poetic composition and/or the history of contemporary American poetry in relation to zeitgeist-the spirit of the time-and how the individual artist both resists and absorbs his/her historical/cultural/aesthetic moment to produce strong, uncanny and impactful poems. Students will write one critical essay and produce a portfolio of 20 pages, including ten revised pieces.


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  1. […] Dana will be teaching the 522 poetry workshop this fall. That class is scheduled on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30. UPDATE: scheduled for Wednesdays 4-6:30pm […]

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