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Five Contemporary Poets: Clifton, Harjo, Komunyaaka and More

April 14 - May 19, 2021
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (six sessions)
online via Zoom


A Delve for BIPOC participants only

A survey of five contemporary poets and their volumes of selected poems. We will focus on each poet’s body of work, starting with Lucille Clifton, then moving through the works of Joy Harjo, Yusef Komunyaaka, Arthur Sze, and Tracy K. Smith. By reading books that collect poems over decades, we will access each poet’s progressions in content, form, and style, as well as comprehensively approach the historical and cultural contexts reflected. Spending significant time with each poet will bring both breadth and depth to our discussions, and over the course of the seminar we will build a larger and more cohesive understanding of the work of poetry.

Reading List:
Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000, Lucille Clifton
How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001, Joy Harjo
Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, Yusef Komunyaaka
Eternity: Selected Poems, Tracy K. Smith
The Redshifting Web: New & Selected Poems, Arthur Sze

Delve Access Program
We want Delve seminars to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. We are happy to offer an Access Program which provides reduced tuition to qualifying participants. Most Delves have at least one access spot available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you would like to take a Delve at the Access Rate


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Delve: Five Poets
This Delve is offered for BIPOC participants only.
$ 240.00

Cindy Juyoung Ok

Cindy Juyoung Ok is a writer and educator from California. Her recent work is published or forthcoming in journals like the Michigan Quarterly Review, the Bennington Review, and Fugue, and has been awarded the James Merrill Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, the Truman Capote Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and scholarships or grants from the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts, the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, and the Banff Centre.
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