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, D.C. 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 live performance, as well as visit a museum or gallery to use the visual or plastic arts as a springboard for some of their poems. Finally, students will practice and hone vocabulary in order to offer constructive feedback on one another’s work.
Taught by Franciso Aragon