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Articulations of Intimacy and Unmapped Syllable: Poetry and Prose as a Landscape of Pysche


We’ll look at texts and visual works that examine both interior and exterior geographies regarding the relationship and erosion of “a world” to our own identities as poets and writers. We’ll also focus on the device of landscapes as an entrance to our own poetic maps and personal histories. Some of our material will include Denis Johnson, Lucille Clifton, Tomas Tranströmer, Faulkner, Teju Cole, T. S. Eliot, Mark Strand, Toni Morrison, Kevin Powers, Marie NDiaye, Rilke, and Brenda Shaughnessy, among others. Students will write poems and short fiction and create visual texts about the challenge of the complex and intimate terrains that we face as individuals, citizens, and arbiters of a larger humanity.