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Karl J. Sherlock
Associate Professor, English
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: M-Th 4-5:30
Phone: 619-644-7871

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Spring 2018 Course Outline

All the required texts for this course are available as e-book Kindle editions. Feel free to bring the book on your tablet if you don’t feel like buying the print edition.  However, make sure you bring the book to class, regardless of the format!  Some handouts are available on this website as password-protected PDFs. Your password is on the inside cover of your printed syllabus.  If you have mislaid this information, contact the instructor.

   

WEEK 1 February 1

Topics:

ObSyN-ities (Obligatory syllabus noise)

What a poetry class should be about

Introduce Poem Assignment 1

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

David Bottoms, “Hubert Blankenship”

Michael Collier, “Last Morning With Steve Orlen”

Activities and deadlines this week:

Poetastering Exercise #1

 

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WEEK 2 February 8

Topics:

t.b.a.

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

Jill Bialosky, “The Hour”

Handout

Emma Smith-Stevens “Greyhounds”

On-Line/Handouts

What's Creative?

Manuscript Format

 

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WEEK 3 February 15

Topics:

Discuss the writer’s workshop and its protocols

What are critiques?

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

Lynn Emanuel, “My Life”

Charles Fort, “One Had Lived In a Room and Loved Nothing”

On-Line Resources:

Workshopping (.pptx)

How To Critique

Activities and deadlines this week:

Poetastering Exercise #3

DUE: Completed drafts of two poems in response to Poetry Assignment 1, minimum 5 copies of each poem (1 for the instructor; 3 to your workshop peers; 1 for you to keep and follow along.)

Workshop 1a: Cold Reading, Small-Group Workshops

 

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WEEK 4 February 22

Topics:

Introduce Poem Assignment 2

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

Terrance Hayes, “Barberism”

Tony Hoagland, “Bible Study”

Activities and deadlines this week:

DUE: Critiques, edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems 

Workshop 1b: Critical Small-Group Workshops

Events:

Tuesday, February 20, Main Library 1st Floor

Student Poetry Reading

 

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WEEK 5 March 1

Topics:

Introduce Poem Assignment 2

Readings to be discussed:

Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day, Part 1

Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things, Part 1

Activities and deadlines this week:

Poetastering Exercise #5

 

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WEEK 6 March 8

Topics:

introduce Poem Assignment 3

Activities and deadlines this week

DUE: Assignment 2 drafts, minimum 5 copies of each poem (1 for the instructor; 3 to distribute to your workshop peers; 1 for you to keep for yourself.) Note: We will NOT have a cold-reading workshop tonight. Instead, both poems will be workshopped next week. 

DUE: Assignment 1 Revisions. Submit in a Manila folder (not envelope) with completed critiques received from your peers at workshop, plus their annotated copies of your poem drafts

 

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WEEK 7 March 15

Topics:

introduce Poem Assignment 3

Readings to be discussed:

Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day, Part 2

Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things, Part 2

Activities and deadlines this week:

Poetastering Exercise #7

DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems

Workshop 2: Critical Small-Group Workshops (We’ll have a longer workshop tonight in which each person’s two poems will workshopped; prepared critiques for both poems will still be required on this night.)

 

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WEEK 8 March 22

Topics:

readings

Readings to be discussed:

Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day, Part 3

Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things, Part 3

Activities and deadlines this week:

DUE: Assignment 3, minimum 5 copies of each poem

Workshop 3a: Cold Reading, Small-Group Workshops

 

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WEEK 9 April 5

Topics:

introduce Poem Assignment 4

Imagery versus detail

Readings to be discussed:

Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day, Part 4

Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things, Part 4

Activities and deadlines this week:

Poetastering Exercise #9

Workshop 3b: Critical Small-Group Workshops

DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of Assignment 3 workshop poems 

DUE: Assignment 2 Revisions. Submit in a Manila folder (not envelope) with completed critiques received from your peers at workshop, plus their annotated copies of your poem drafts

 

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WEEK 10 April 12

Topics:

Discuss whole-class workshop protocols; dress rehearsal

Distribute the packet of Assignment 4-A poems.

Introduce the Final Project and Portfolio Assignment

Activities and deadlines this week:

Poetastering Exercise #10

DUE April 11 [Wednesday]: Submit by e-mail a draft of Poem 4-A for workshop packet. Note Wednesday due date. 

 

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WEEK 11 April 19

Topics:

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the designated poems in the Assignment 4-A packet.

Activities and deadlines this week:

DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of poems for assigned 4-A poems

Workshop 4-A-1 (the first of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-A)

 

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WEEK 12 April 26

Topics:

Meet in Griffin Gate (Student Center, Building 60, across from the bookstore): 22nd Annual Literary Arts Festival, author Kazim Ali reading and book signing

 

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WEEK 13 May 3

Topics:

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the remaining poems in the Assignment 4-A packet.

Distribute the packet of Assignment 4-B poems.

Activities and deadlines this week:

DUE May 2 [Wednesday]: Submit by e-mail a draft of Poem 4-B for workshop packet. Note the Wednesday due date. 

DUE: Critiques, edited/reviewed drafts for 4-A poems

Workshop 4-A-2 (the second of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-A)

 

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WEEK 14 May 10

Topics:

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the designated poems in the Assignment 4-B packet.

Activities and deadlines this week:

Workshop 4-B-1 (the first of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-B)

DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems

DUE: Assignment 3 Revisions. Submit in a Manila folder (not envelope) with completed critiques received from your peers at workshop, plus their annotated copies of your poem draft.

 

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WEEK 15 May 17

Topics:

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the remaining poems in the Assignment 4-B packet.

Activities and deadlines this week:

Workshop 4-B-2 (the second of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-B)

DUE: Critiques, edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems

 

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WEEK 16 May 24

Topics:

Conferences

Activities and deadlines this week:

Scheduled one-on-one conference in my office, 558A (no regular class tonight)

Bring poems you wish to review, and ideas for your final project to discuss.

 

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FINALS WEEK May 31

Exam Time:

Officially, 8:15-10:15 PM, in classroom or off-campus (t.b.a.)

 

Activities and deadlines this week:

The Final Project exhibition / Final Exam

Due: Final Project and portfolio, with comments and editing suggestions. Include revisions of Assignment 4 and critiques received at whole-class workshops.

 

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WEEK 1 | February 1

ObSyN-ities (Obligatory syllabus noise)

What a poetry class should be about

Authenticity and disclosure

Introduce Poem Assignment 1

 

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

  • Martín Espada, “Here I Am”

  • Claudia Emerson, “Cyst”

 

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #1

 

WEEK TWO | February 8

Prose and/versus poetry

Authenticity of place

What "contemporary" poetry writing is and isn't (song lyrics, rap, performance art, verse, poetry, and other genres)

 

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

  • Peter Everwine, “The Kiskiminetas River”
  • Allison Davis, “The Heart of It All + A Free Beer”

[hand-out]

 

On-Line/Handouts: 

   

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #2

 

WEEK THREE | February 15

Authenticity and language: Part 1

Discuss the writer’s workshop and its protocols

What are critiques?

 

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

  • Olena Kalytiak Davis, “On the Certainty of Bryan”
  • Joseph Chapman And Laura Eve Engel, “32 Fantasy Football Teams”

 

[hand-out]

 

On-line/Handouts:

 
Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #3
  • DUE: Completed drafts of two poems in response to Poetry Assignment 1, minimum 5 copies of each poem (1 for the instructor; 3 to your workshop peers; 1 for you to keep and follow along.)
  • Workshop 1a: Cold Reading, Small-Group Workshops

  

Events
Postponed
Wednesday, September 6: Hyde Gallery, 7PM
FICTION AUTHOR EMMA SMITH-STEVENS

 

WEEK FOUR | September 22

Authenticity and language: Part 2

"Cliched as all hell!"

 

Readings to be discussed:

BAP 2016

  • C.K. Williams, “Hog”
  • Eleanor Wilner, “To Think of How Cold”
  • Natalie Diaz, “How the Milky Way Was Made”

 

On-line/Handouts

 
Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #4
  • DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems 
  • Workshop 1b: Critical Small-Group Workshops 

 

WEEK FIVE | March 1

selected topics

Introduce Poem Assignment 2

 

Readings to be discussed:

  • Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day
    • Part 1: “Lostness,” “Mouth”

  

  • Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
    • Part 1: “How To Triumph Like a Girl,” “The Quiet Machine," “I Remember Carrots”

 

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #5

 

WEEK SIX | March 8
The first half of the class will meet in Griffin Gate for the Banned Books reading. Afterward (about 8:30) we’ll reconvene in our classroom to continue our class.

introduce Poem Assignment 3

 

Activities and deadlines this week: 

  • Poetastering Exercise #6
  • DUE: Assignment 2 drafts, minimum 5 copies of each poem (1 for the instructor; 3 to distribute to your workshop peers; 1 for you to keep for yourself.) Note: We will NOT have a cold-reading workshop tonight. Instead, both poems will be workshopped next week. 
  • DUE: Assignment 1 Revisions. Submit in a Manila folder (not envelope) with completed critiques received from your peers at workshop, plus their annotated copies of your poem drafts

 

Events
Thursday, September 28: Griffin Gate, 7PM
BANNED BOOKS/BANNED LIVES READING

 

WEEK SEVEN | March 15

The poem as polemics 

introduce Poem Assignment 3

 

Readings to be discussed:

  • Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day
    • Part 2: “The Ocean Floor,” “Horizon,” “Quiz” 

  

  • Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
    • Part 2: “Bellow,” “Relentless," “Noisiness of Sleep”

 

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #7
  • DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems
  • Workshop 2: Critical Small-Group Workshops (We’ll have a longer workshop tonight in which each person’s two poems will workshopped; prepared critiques for both poems will still be required on this night.)

 

WEEK EIGHT | March 22

The poem as polemics, cont.

 

Readings to be discussed:

  • Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day
    • Part 3: “The Ninth Planet,” “Dear Dangerous, How Do You Explain It”

 

  • Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
    • Part 3: “Glow,” “Accident Report In the Tall Weeds,” “Service”

 

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #8
  • DUE: Assignment 3, minimum 5 copies of each poem (1 for the instructor; 3 to your workshop peers; 1 for you to keep and follow along.)
  • Workshop 3a: Cold Reading, Small-Group Workshops

 

WEEK NINE | April 5

introduce Poem Assignment 4

Imagery versus detail

 

Readings to be discussed:

  • Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day
    • Part 4: “Night Prayer”, “August”

  

  • Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things
    • Part 4: “Roadside Attractions With Dogs of America,” “The Whale and the Waltz Inside of It,” “Lies About Sea Creatures”

  
Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #9
  • Workshop 3b: Critical Small-Group Workshops
  • DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of Assignment 3 workshop poems 
  • DUE: Assignment 2 Revisions. Submit in a Manila folder (not envelope) with completed critiques received from your peers at workshop, plus their annotated copies of your poem drafts

 

Events
Wednesday, October 18: Griffin Gate (might be changed to Griffin Gate) 7PM
LESTER BANGS MEMORIAL READING: DOUGLAS PAYNE (FIRST BOOK WINNER)

 

WEEK TEN | April 12

Discuss whole-class workshop protocols; dress rehearsal

Distribute the packet of Assignment 4-A poems.

Introduce the Final Project and Portfolio Assignment

 

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Poetastering Exercise #10
  • DUE October 25 [Wednesday]: Submit by e-mail a draft of Poem 4-A for workshop packet. Note the Wednesday due date. 

 

WEEK ELEVEN | April 19

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the designated poems in the Assignment 4-A packet.

 
Activities and deadlines this week:

  • DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of poems for assigned 4-A poems
  • Workshop 4-A-1 (the first of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-A)

 

Events
Wednesday, November 1: Hyde Gallery (might be changed to Griffin Gate) 7PM
CREATIVE WRITING FACULTY READING (That’s me.)

 

WEEK TWELVE | April 26

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the remaining poems in the Assignment 4-A packet.

Distribute the packet of Assignment 4-B poems.

 
Activities and deadlines this week:

  • DUE November 8 [Wednesday]: Submit by e-mail a draft of Poem 4-B for workshop packet. Note the Wednesday due date. 
  • DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of poems for assigned 4-A poems
  • Workshop 4-A-2 (the second of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-A)

 

WEEK THIRTEEN | May 3

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the designated poems in the Assignment 4-B packet.

 
Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Workshop 4-B-1 (the first of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-B)
  • DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems
  • DUE: Assignment 3 Revisions. Submit in a Manila folder (not envelope) with completed critiques received from your peers at workshop, plus their annotated copies of your poem draft.

 

Events
Saturday, November 18: Griffin Gate, 9-1PM, 
CREATIVE WRITE-A-THON

 

WEEK FOURTEEN | May 10

Thanksgiving Holiday [no classes]

 

WEEK FIFTEEN | May 17

Tonight will be dedicated entirely to whole-class workshop of the remaining poems in the Assignment 4-B packet.

 
Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Workshop 4-B-2 (the second of two whole-class workshops devoted to drafts of Assignment 4-B)
  • DUE: Critiques and edited/reviewed drafts of workshop poems

 

WEEK SIXTEEN | May 24

Conferences

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • Scheduled one-on-one conference in my office, 558A (no regular class tonight)
  • Bring poems you wish to review, and ideas for your final project to discuss.

 

Events
Monday, December 04: Griffin Gate, 7PM
NEW VOICES STUDENT READING 

 

FINALS WEEK | December 14

Exam Time:

  • Officially, 8:15-10:15 PM, in the classroom.  However, unofficially, an off-campus exam alternative might be arranged.  Stay tuned for further details.

 

Activities and deadlines this week:

  • The Final Project exhibition / Final Exam
  • Due: Final Project and portfolio of revised/ expanded work, with comments and editing suggestions. Include revisions of Assignment 4 and critiques received at whole-class workshops.

  

Last Updated: 01/31/2018

Contact

Karl J. Sherlock
Associate Professor, English
Email: karl.sherlock@gcccd.edu
Office Hours: M-Th 4-5:30
Phone: 619-644-7871

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