ENG 389 Creative Writing Poetry (Summer 2002) MW 1830-2140 109 Knox

Prof. Loss Glazier (Off. hrs. Weds. 1-3 PM or by appt. 245 CFA




In this class the emphasis will be on the writing of experimental and formally-innovative poetry, that is, non-narrative poetry. We will also keep a close eye on poetry as it relates to the Web, including digital and other technologically mediated poetry, sound poetry, and procedural writing. This class will involve reading essays related to form and technique. An anthology of innovative poetry also will be assigned. (Reading poetry AS A POET will constitute part of our approach to writing poetry.) Assignments of Web and other electronic sources will also be given. In addition to print poetry, students interested in the production of multimedia and Web-based poetry are welcome. Poetry writing exercises will be a regular part of class.




1. Reading. As the course description indicates, this is a course for writers of poetry who are also readers of poetry. Further, we will consider poetry in the broader concept of "poesis" ... or making. That is, there are a number of art forms (for example, music, painting, digital media arts, etc.) that can also be part of our "reading". We need to keep an open mind about what might help us develop our poetry writing vision. The idea is to see art in its larger context of engaging the materials of the given medium, a fact of great importance to those who make art with words. The reading for this course embodies various approaches to such a poesis. It is absolutely crucial in developing the way we think about poetry, writing, and digital media. It is required that you do ALL reading.


2. Weekly writing assignments. To be handed in each week are TWO assignments, a "response text" AND a "method text". These should be one page each in length and, taken together, constitute your final project. Be prepared to read them in class, if asked.


Response text. Response texts express your thoughts and feelings on the reading. Take time to think about the issues, styles, concepts, and materials the reading and essay present to you as a writer. Write a one-page prose condensation of your thoughts and reactions to the reading. Note: This can be informal in tone. Research is not required.


Method text. Choose ONE text from choices on syllabus. Write one page of poetry responding to the text. Note source text at the top of the page. Ideally, your response will explore the possibilities of the method of the chosen work. You may also take an alternative approach in your response, if you append a note explaining your approach.


3. Additional oral presentations may be also required.


4. Attendance in class and participation in discussion is required.