The Jeweled Lyric


This course explores the idea of the jeweled lyric poem. The lyric poem is a poem that utilizes the “I.” A “jeweled” lyric poem is a lyric poem that jewels “outside information” into the poem. Sometimes this is simply imagined; sometimes it is “outside historical or scientific.” We will read and study such works of poetry but also works that read as poetry but are not technically considered poetry, such as Clarice Lispector’s “Hour of the Star,” and Marguerite Duras’ short book, Writing. During the semester, we will try our hand at constructing such writing. We will go about this by critically reading and discussing examples of such works. Along with Duras and Lispector, readings may include work by Helen Cixous, Lucie Brock Broido, Tory Dent, Andy Mister, David Trinidad, Lily Wong, and Fanny Howe.