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The Poetic Sequence

The Poetic Sequence

$345.00

Where does one poem end and another begin? What can a series do that a single poem might not? Why group a set of poems into a sequence? What makes a successful grouping? Often, poems begin in chaos. A thread emerges as we organize, expand and trim, and a poet might find that a single poem is not sufficient to contain their vision. In this workshop we will explore how the long-form poetic sequence enables a poet to pursue a theme, peel open an idea, or build a world beyond the single poem. We will explore various devices such as association, juxtaposition, thematic development, sustained tension, and abstraction. We will look at a diverse range of sequences, by Alice Notley, Lisa Robertson, Claudia Rankine, Fred Moten, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Saul Williams, Joy Harjo and more. This course is generative and discursive and will be helpful alike to those already working on a series and those new to exploring the sequence as a form.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Grace Shuyi Liew
  • Dates: November 3–December 1, 2019
  • Time: Sundays, 2–5 PM
  • Location: Prospect Heights
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCTOBER 27, 2019
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, SEPT 8