Larry Rivers, pl. 9 in the portfolio "Stones" by Frank O'Hara

Poets of New York City

Breaking Ground

This class introduces students to the tradition of poetry in New York City from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. How do poets respond to the city? What kinds of uniquely urban experiences do poems try to understand? And how do poems capture the changing face of the city? This course will examine the poetic allure of New York City in the context of immigration, community-building and destruction, the joys and traumas of city living, poverty, wealth, and historical shifts in population. Classes will also provide students with a vocabulary for talking about how poems work and different strategies for reading them.

Poets of New York City is a Community Initiative course and only open to our partner organizations and the communities they serve.

Course Schedule

Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm
September 21 — October 12, 2016
4 weeks

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