Each student will have four individual conferences with Prof. Plumly over the course of the semester.

This course will consist of a hybrid of critical and creative emphases. We will read, with intensity and intelligence, a wide range of poems, mostly contemporary. And we will write our own poems, sometimes by assignment, sometimes via our own inspiration. The core of the class will be conversation, analysis, and response. You will be graded as much on class participation as on your own written work, be it critical prose or original poetry.

We will write six short papers on particular poems, sometimes the same poem, sometimes individual choices. And there is the potential to write poems for discussion in a workshop context. We will read, doubtlessly, more than we write.