This course is a space for writing and discussing poems in our capitol. The course title takes as inspiration the name of the renowned independent bookstore (Politics and Prose) in Washington, but with a twist. Accordingly, most of the assigned texts will be by DC area poets who will visit the class as special guests. This course is as much about reading poems as writing (and revising) them. Students will attend at least one live literary event to experience poetry as performance, as well as visit a museum or gallery to use the visual or plastic arts as a springboard for their poetry. Finally, students will acquire and hone the vocabulary necessary to offer constructive feedback on one another’s work.