Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

photo of Major Jackson by Erin Patrice O'BrienMAJOR JACKSON

Harman Writer-In-Residence, Spring 2010
Topics in Literature: Poetry and Imitation
Wednesdays: 2:05-5:00PM
ENG 3950/3950H
SY3/SY3H

This special workshop in poetry writing will be taught by
Major Jackson, the author of Hoops and Leaving Saturn and the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.

In this poetry workshop, we will write poems based on our study of the rich and varied poetic movements of present day and 20th century schools of thought including Ezra Pound and the Imagists, Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance poets, Frank O’ Hara and the New York School, Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Poets, Saul Williams and other Slam Poets.

We will study the manifestoes, personages, and pioneering poems as well as the socio-political and aesthetic ferment that gave rise to such rich flourishings in American poetry. We will study poems, read correspondences, listen to recordings, and acquaint ourselves with important biographies.

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