Poetry Is Not Dead

Students in this course will be engaging with contemporary poetry and re-imagining what it means to be a poet. We will be discussing recent work from poets such as Danez Smith, Hanif Willis Abdurraqib, Chen Chen, Eve Ewing, Kaveh Akbar, and more. Students will be guided in explorations of poetry published since 2016. Students will also be focusing on creating new work and finding their place in the living poetry landscape. Exercises will be focuses on traditional poetry form, non-traditional form, and how archaic forms can be re-vitalized in the contemporary world. The first class will focus on introductions and structure, the second class will discuss and focus on readings assigned, and the final class will review work that has been produced and focus on the critique and sharing of the work.

John McCracken Madison Wisconsin poet

John McCracken is a poet and freelance writer from Madison, WI whose work has appeared in OCCULUM, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Pressure Gauge Journal, and more.He is the Co-Founder of Rare Byrd Review, a journal for young writers and artists. He hosts a podcast interview series that focuses on local writers through Tone Madison Magazine in Madison. For more, visit his website or find @jmcjmc451 on Twitter.

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Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


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