Advanced Poetry Writing

Eric C. Schwerer, Advanced Poetry Writing, Spring 2017

Course Description

This upper level poetry writing course offers students who have mastered fundamental skills and who are familiar with basic issues of craft and form a workshop environment in which to compose and revise a significant group of poems. The course will include the close reading and study of some important works of modern and contemporary poetry.

Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053

Required Texts:

It Shouldn't Have Been Beautiful, Lia Purpura
Bright Dead Things, Ada Limon
How to Be Drawn, Terrance Hayes
Neon Vernacular, Yusef Komunyakaa
The Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath
The Poet's Companion, Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux

Additional Required Materials:
* an active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiations from me
* reliable, regular access to a computer with a printer
* a fail-safe way to back-up all your work; "back-up" means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer's hard drive and a cloud storage such as Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition)
* a Mead Composition Book or something similar for in-class writing

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Eric C. Schwerer, Advanced Poetry Writing, Fall 2014

Course Description

This upper-level poetry writing course offers students who have mastered fundamental skills and who are familiar with basic issues of craft and form a workshop environment in which to compose and revise a significant group of poems. The course will include the close reading and study of some important works of modern and contemporary poetry. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053

Required Texts:

-An Exaltation of Forms, edited by Annie Finch and Kathrine Varnes

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Eric C. Schwerer, Advanced Poetry Writing, Spring 2013

Course Description

This upper-level poetry writing course offers students who have mastered fundamental skills and who are familiar with basic issues of craft and form a workshop environment in which to compose and revise a significant group of poems. The course will include the close reading and study of some important works of modern and contemporary poetry. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053

Required Texts:

-The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (JD McClatchy, editor)
-The Art of the Poetic Line, James Longebach
-The End of the West, Michael Dickman

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