Washington Center

Politics and Poems: Writing Verse in DC

Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm
Semester Dates: 
January 8 to April 16, 2015
Notre Dame University
Semester Elective
Seminar 314

This course is a space for writing and discussing poems in the nation’s 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.


Taught by Francisco Aragon

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