Poetry for the People

HNR 240 - Poetry for the People

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2020
Class #: 12098
Section: M003
Credits: 3

Bolton,Cedric Tyrone

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Collaboration

Course Time(s):
M 03:45pm-06:30pm


Course Description:

This course is designed to highlight the importance of spoken word poetry and community organizing for students interested in enhancing their public engagement skills. Each workshop will begin with a dialogue on poetry. Students will also get feedback and will be critiqued on their written poetry and their command of the stage. Students are expected to attend three Verbal Blend poetry workshops and three open mics within the semester. Students will be required to submit a new or old poem each week designed to build their writer’s portfolio for future reading and campus publications. We will learn about poetry as a genre and a craft, examine the lineage of successful poets, and experiment with images, words and music. The course focuses on why it is important to build community through poetry workshops, publishing, and open mics. We will explore poetry as an emotional and therapeutic outlet for poets to voice their experiences—whether personal, comical, political, socially conscious, cultural or spiritual. Students in this course will discover that poetry has no boundaries and poetry allows individuals to stretch their imagination and create a new world.