All literature is short — compared to our lives, anyway — but we’ll be concentrating on poetry and prose at their very shortest. The reading will include proverbs, aphorisms, greguerias, one-line poems, riddles, jokes, fragments, haiku, epigrams and microlyrics. Imagism, contemporary shortists, prose poems, various longer works assembled from small pieces, and possibly even flash fiction. Students will take away from the thrift and edge of these literary microorganisms a new sense of what can be left out of your work and new ideas about how those nebulae of pre-draft in your notebooks might condense into stars and constellations.
Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list
Possible readings from W.S. Merwin, Maggie Nelson, and Kay Ryan.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
By application only. Must have taken at least one Creative Writing workshop. Application deadline is November 22, 2016. This course is not open to Graduate Students.