Craft & Theory of Poetry
Dr. Mary Biddinger
Poetry of the Unexpected
Fall 2008: NEOMFA
This class will read and discuss single-author poetry books that take risks and embrace strangeness, while still connecting with audiences. We will consider the surreal, the absurd, the disturbing, and the humorous, and many combinations thereof. Through both scholarly and creative assignments, students will learn how to use elements of the unexpected in their own work.
Jason Bredle, Standing in Line for the Beast
Michael Dumanis, My Soviet Union
John Gallaher, The Little Book of Guesses
Matthea Harvey, Modern Life
Jennifer L. Knox, Drunk By Noon
Dorothea Lasky, AWE
NEOMFA students who are interested in enrolling should send me an email ASAP. This course welcomes writers from other genres.