In-person, 5 sessions / $325
Join acclaimed poet and publisher Joshua Edwards for this crash-course reading group in contemporary poetry. In “The Radical Poetics of Everyday Life,” Edwards will lead an exploration of the work of five major contemporary poets. This class will illuminate the landscape of contemporary poetry, focusing on how writers in the late 20th and early 21st centuries have created new poetic forms through meditations on time’s passage, sensory experience, and the activity of writing itself. From the erudite perambulations of Anne Carson to the philosophical introspection of Simone White, five authors present us with radical insights that help us to reimagine the world and our attention to it. This course is open to students seeking a first foray into reading poetry and to seasoned readers of poetry looking for a structured reading environment.
- Anne Carson, Plainwater (Vintage, 1995)
- Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Nest (Kelsey Street Press, 2003)
- Sawako Nakayasu, Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2010)
- Renee Gladman, Calamities (Wave, 2016)
- Simone White, or, on being the other woman (Duke, 2022)
A limited number of scholarships are available to cover or subsidize the cost of tuition. To inquire about scholarship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joshua Edwards is the author of The Double Lamp of Solitude, Architecture for Travelers, Imperial Nostalgias, The Exhausted Dream, and a few other books; and he translated María Baranda’s Ficticia and co-translated (with Lynn Xu) Lao Yang’s Pee Poems. He directs Canarium Books and teaches at Columbia University and Pratt Institute.