On Beauty: A Poetry Workshop

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In this poetry workshop, we will learn the fundamentals of poetic craft thorough the lens of beauty. The class will be a lab, of sorts, where we will explore this topic while also making work using and contorting beauty. We will look at the work of poets whose work engages with beauty in some way, as well as read and discuss writings on beauty by philosophers, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers, along with examples of beauty in visual art, film, and fashion. In addition, we may watch films, or excerpts from film, and visit galleries and museums in New York City. Expect to write one poem per week for workshop; read and write brief responses to assigned weekly readings; work in small groups, as well as in the larger, workshop group; and engage in lively and engaging classroom discussions.