Next semester I'm teaching an MFA Craft & Theory of Poetry course focusing on Poetry of the Body. I got the idea for this class years ago, but never realized how tough it would be to choose between so many fantastic books. It's a good dilemma to have, but thanks to a friendly reminder from our department secretary this morning, I had to make my final decisions.
In addition to a cheapie contemporary poetry anthology, I am assigning books by Jeannine Hall Gailey, Paul Guest, Simone Muench, and Peter Pereira.
To say that I am looking forward to Spring 07 would be a major understatement. We get to hang out with these books all semester? Hooray!
I am in the process of designing a Fall 07 MFA Craft & Theory of Poetry course about the first book market, so I'll have to go through this decision process all over again then. We'll definitely be using Ordering the Storm from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, since it helped me make a ton of breakthroughs. But other first books? Back to the drawing board I go.