Monday, March 01, 2021

Seminar this term on Adrienne Rich's poetry

In the spring semester of 2012, I taught a memorable seminar on the poetry of my teacher Adrienne Rich with enthusiastic students and lively discussions, but also with the shock of her death in the middle of the term. I'm teaching the seminar again this semester, starting Friday, but with a different approach. Since 2012, I've been letting students choose which poems to discuss in poetry seminars, so after three weeks with poems of my choosing ("In a Classroom", "An Atlas of the Difficult World", and "Twenty-One Love Poems"), we'll spend the rest of the term looking at the students' choices from Rich's selected poems, "The Fact of a Doorframe, 1950-2001." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 1 March 2021)

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