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Master Class with Rae Armantrout: In Brief

Application Deadline: THURSDAY, September 24, 2020

Dec 5, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rae Armantrout

Saturday, December 5, 2 – 6pm

Sunday, December 6, 12 – 4pm

Application Deadline: THURSDAY, September 24


In Brief: The Pleasures and Perils of The Short Poem

Online Video Conference Master Class with Rae Armantrout 

According to modernist poet Ezra Pound, “Poetry is the most compressed form of verbal expression.” Pound meant that, in a poem, every word should count. This is especially true of the very short poem. The short poem asks a lot of both reader and writer.   We will begin by discussing a selection of short poems (9 lines or fewer) to see how they do (or don’t) work.

Readings will include haiku by Yosa Buson and Ethridge Knight, tanka by Harryette Mullen, and some short poems by Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Gertrude Stein, Elaine Equi, and Rae Armantrout. Special attention will be paid to varying translations of the Buson poems and different versions of a poem by Williams. Writing prompts will encourage you to experiment with condensing one of your poems as well starting something new. Please submit (at least four days before class begins) a short poem by someone else (not on the list above) which you would like to present, as well  as a poem of your own that you would be willing to pare down to the bone.

Rae Armantrout is an American poet generally associated with the Language poets. She has published ten books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics.


Click here to see the application form on submittable.

This Master Class is offered via Zoom, a free video conferencing app.

This Master Class registration includes free Zoom tutorial.

Accepted students must pay the full admission, $395, before the start of the class.


Admission $395