English and Film Studies

WRITE 294 A1: Introduction to Writing Poetry

J. Abel

In Dionne Brand’s The Blue Clerk—a book-length ars poetica—Brand writes that “poetry’s power” is that “the reader interrogates Narrative but Poetry interrogates the reader.” In this class, we will explore the relationship between writing poetry and reading poetry by attending to the forms and formations of contemporary poetic practice. Since this class will primarily be focused on creative production, most of our time will be centred around the peer review and workshop process, but will also include notable readings from contemporary poets throughout the term.