01 TTH4. 2:00-3:20 PM CAC 08253 GROGAN FH-B6
This course surveys the varied landscape of American poetry written since the end of the Second World War. It reads poetry against the backdrop of social change and unrest, and asks questions about the lyric poem, formal experimentalism, race and poetics, feminist poetic practice, and the relationship between poetry and history. Some poets we will read include Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, The New York School poets, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, Etheridge Knight, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich, concluding with a survey of very contemporary poetry. We will begin the course with a quick refresher in how to read and write about poetry. Assessment will be based on participation, informal writing, and two papers.