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Fall 2017 MFA Workshops and Seminars

English 7430 - Graduate Fiction Workshop
Lorraine Lopez
Monday 3:10 - 6:00 PM


English 7440 - Graduate Poetry Workshop
Beth Bachmann
Wednesday 2:10 - 5:00 PM


English 7460 - Literature and the Craft of Writing: Forms of Fiction
Nancy Reisman
Monday 2:10 - 5:00 PM


English 7460 - Literature and the Craft of Writing: Big Poems
Kate Daniels
Monday 2:10 - 5:00 PM
In this MFA seminar, we will make a historical study of selected long form poems beginning with The Prelude and concluding with two recent book-length collections which organize themselves as poetic sequences. The objective will be to gain a reading knowledge of some of the long poems that have been most meaningful to and influential upon the poets in our time. We will read them closely, and then we will take them apart, as poets do, to examine the overall concepts and ideas that rule each poem. Along the way, we'll put out minds to imagining the process and execution required to bring the poem into being, and we will focus on the particular (peculiar) demands incurred by working in long poetic forms. This will be half our work. The other half will be devoted to the writing of a long poem--at least 15 pages in length.


Reading List:
The Modern Poetic Sequence, M.L. Rosenthal and Sally Gall, 1983
The Prelude, William Wordsworth, 1850
"Song of Myself," from Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman, 1855/1891
Paris Spleen, Charles Baudelaire, 1855 (Louise Verese translation)
"Aurora Leigh," Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1856
"Home Burial," Robert Frost, 1915
The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot, 1922
"The Duino Elegies," Ranier Maria Rilke (S. Mitchell translation), 1923
"The Book of the Dead," Muriel Rukeyser, 1938
"The Anniad," Gwendolyn Brooks, 1949
"Howl," Allen Ginsberg, 1956
"Harlem Gallery," Melvin Tolson, 1956
"Audubon: A Vision," Robert Penn Warren, 1969
The Book of Nightmares, Galway Kinnell, 1971
Holocaust, Charles Reznikoff, 1975
"The Moose," Elizabeth Bishop, 1976
"The Arc," Frank Bidart, 1977
Thomas and Beulah, Rita Dove, 1986
"The Voyage of the Sable Venus," Robin Coste Lewis, 2015
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, Molly McCully Brown, 2017


Extra Reading:
Cane, Jean Toomer, 1923
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee, 1941
Eros the Bittersweet, Anne Carson, 1986
One Big Self, C.D. Wright, 2006
Citizen, Claudia Rankine, 2014