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“Wandered far and wide”: The Long Poem

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Often sweeping in its considerations and ambitious in its scope, the long poem eludes single definition or contains all definitions applied to it. The long poem makes a strenuous demand on its readers’ attention and has been the source of great cerebral, and inspirational, reward. This four-session course is designed to further an understanding of the strategies deployed in this subgenre of poetry. Participants will come to each session prepared to 1) discuss a long poem they have read in advance; 2) share a significant portion of a long poem of their own conception; and 3) receive constructive feedback on said poem.

 

Together we will study the following poems: “The Schooner Flight” by Derek Walcott; “The Dream of the Unified Field” by Jorie Graham; “The Ambiguous Archive” by Jay Wright; and “Voyage of the Sable Venus” by Robin Coste Lewis.

 

The poems will be provided upon request, and also can be found in the following editions:

 

Derek Walcott
The Star-Apple Kingdom
Collected Poems 1948 – 1984
The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948 – 2013

Jorie Graham
Materialism
The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974 – 1994
From the New World: Poems 1976 – 2014

 Jay Wright
The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two

 Robin Coste Lewis
Voyage of the Sable Venus

Dante Micheaux is the author of Circus (Indolent Books, 2018), winner of the 2019 Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T.S. Eliot Foundation, and Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010), a collection of poems. He is the recipient of a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award, and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation. He lives in London.