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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

This course outline is still under development and will not be available until January 29, 2018.

 

Best American Poetry 2016 comes in a Kindle edition. 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!  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.

   

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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: 12/25/2017

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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