A little song. A box. A cage. An eighth-grade homework assignment. Anything with 14 lines. Whatever “sonnet” brings to mind, poetry has changed since the Renaissance. In this course, we’ll study how Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnet-forms have influenced the poems of 20th- and 21st-century poets, including Henri Cole, Wanda Coleman, Terrance Hayes, Shane McCrae, Melissa Range, Gerald Stern, Natasha Trethewey, and others. We’ll apply these lessons and observations to our own writing, producing sonnets and sonnet-informed poems that feel relevant and indebted to the contemporary world.
Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 8 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.
Chris Ketchum is from northern Idaho. He received an MFA from Vanderbilt University, where he served as the Curb Creative Writing Fellow and as a poetry editor for Nashville Review. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Copper Nickel, Five Points, RHINO Poetry, and elsewhere.
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