Class Title: Found Poetry
Instructor: Katherine McCord
Class Term: July 16-September 20, 2018
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We will explore and complete kinds of found poetry, such as Centos, Blackout, etc. Alongside we will explore elements of craft, such as concreteness and lineation.
Students will email pictures of their found poems to all class members and me at the end of each week after instruction and guidance and examples from me about a specific kind of found poem, such as the Freeform. I will also offer a lecture at the beginning of each week dealing with an element of craft that will inform the creation of their found poems. We will have open student discussions as needed during the week and student responses to classmates' found poems after students submit their poems.
At the end of this class, students will be able to: Create several different kinds of found poems and understand several craft elements and how they relate.
Instruction/Communication Method: Although we will be doing all the methods above, we will use email for me to deliver lectures, students to respond with pictures of their found poems and classmates' responses to all. There will be no additional materials required besides and email account and access to internet.
- Unit 1: Lecture on Concreteness, welcoming, discussion as needed and the assignment of the Blackout found poem due at the end of the week.
- Unit 2: Lecture on Tone, discussion as needed and the assignment of the Erasure found poem due at the end of the week.
- Unit 3: Lecture on Lineation, discussion as needed and the assignment of the Centos found poem due at the end of the week.
- Unit 4: Lecture on Dramatic Shape, discussion as needed and the assignment of the Freeform found poem due at the end of the week.
- Unit 5: Lecture on Revision, discussion as needed and the assignment of the Book Art found poem due at the end of the week.
Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required
Beginning to advanced computer, email and internet skills.
Time Commitment: 4 hours
Tuition/Fees for this course
SCN members: $160. Non-SCN members: $200.
Katherine McCord's two books of poetry are Island and Living Room. Her third book, My CIA, is a memoir that was named a top ten 'Great' book of 2012 by R.A.L.P.H. and added to their ongoing list of Great Nonfiction. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television's An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by MICA's MFA in Curatorial Practice, December 2013. Katherine has published widely in literary journals such as APR. She has an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Creative Writing. Her most recent book is Run Scream Unbury Save which won the Autumn House Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, judged by Michael Martone.