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Time and Materials: Poetry Writing with Ryan Tucker (online Session 1 22) is a Course

Time and Materials: Poetry Writing with Ryan Tucker (online Session 1 22)


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There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into the Iowa Young Writers' Studio online Summer Residential Program you are not eligible to enroll.

Poetry Writing with Ryan Tucker: Time and Materials

It can be tempting to think of a poem as something that only exists on the page – after all, the means by which many of us come to the poetic are often presented as such. In this course, we’ll attend to the material conditions of the page, the sonic and etymological qualities of the English language, and how these concerns can overlap with the content of a poem. What do we do with poems that don’t fit neatly into our ideas of what poems should look like? How do we read them? For that matter, what exactly is an image, and are words related to them? We’ll read excerpts from poets like M. NourbeSe Philip, Alyssa Moore, Apollinaire, Kobayashi Issa, Tommy Pico, William Carlos Williams, Danez Smith, Marianne Moore, Robert Hass, etc. and we’ll look at ancient and nearer examples – texts like Gilgamesh and How to Draw a Plum Blossom, work by the Romantics, and examples of visual and sonic art that overlap with the poetic. We’ll also consider the future of the image as it relates to the poem, and the rhetorical effects of our own decisions as poets. Anything is fair game! This class will include a workshop component, where students will share their own work with each other, and will have regular writing exercises from which we may share the results.

Ryan Tucker is a ceramicist and writer whose research includes theories of material engagement, including the materiality of language, ecopoetics, and politics of the body, specifically in relationship to nostalgia, illness, and pain. His ceramic work looks to find an intersection between the permanence of fired clay and the shifting points of understanding inherent in language. Pluto’s Red, his most recent collection of poems, is being submitted for publication and thinks about the relationship between memories of intimacy, the space race, surveillance, and cartoon dogs. He is a recipient of the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize, was a Provost’s Visiting Writer at University of Iowa, and has been published in BOMB Magazine. Currently, he teaches poetry, composition, and literature courses at the University of Iowa and Augustana College.




The fee for this course, which includes the fee for the 2-week session of the online Summer Residential Program, is $575. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.


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Cancellation Policy: If you cancel or withdraw before June 1, 2022 a $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Thereafter no refunds are available. 




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