Instructor Contact Info: APryor@lindenwood.edu
Andrew Pryor--MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Packingtown Review, Puerto del Sol, Open City, Quarter After Eight, and Witness
- His poem "Pastoral For The Small Eddy At Your Waist" was featured in Indiana Review's 2009 Special Highlight On Short Essays and the Prose Poem
- Served as Managing Editor for Natural Bridge no. 17, which focused on new and emerging writers
- Awarded scholarship to The Southampton Writer's Conference in 2007, where he studied with poet Billy Collins
Course Number: IMF 52100
Available Sections: OL1
Class Type: Workshop
The focus of this course is an examination of the contemporary American poem. Read any randomly selected poem from literary journals published today, and you may ask: “what makes this poem a poem?” You may wonder why it doesn’t sound right (where are the rhymes?). You may wonder why it doesn’t look right (but this is just a block of text!). This quarter we will explore what makes the 21st century poem tick and in the process answer these and other questions concerning contemporary poetry. Particular emphasis will be given to the use of diction, syntax, lineation, and image. We also look at form as it pertains to the contemporary poem (blank verse, open field, and prose).
Coursework consists of writing and discussing student poems and features writing exercises designed to help you with generating ideas. A packet of poems that serve as a published model for our workshop discussions will be provided the first week of class.
No Textbook Required (any reading materials will be posted and linked in Canvas)
Class Preview Date: September 19 (do not post in class until start date of 10/3; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 9/16)
Class Start Date: October 3
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