Blackout Poetry

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Fridays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. 4-week course begins 11/12

To make a blackout poem, a poet takes a page of printed text and marks out everything but a few chosen words. The resulting poem is usually in free verse, short, and surprising. For this workshop, we will study blackout poems by established writers and construct our own. Readings: The instructor will distribute handouts of published poems. Students will be asked to bring to class copies of documents (such as pages of newspaper) to serve as source materials for their own poems.  Charisse Gendron holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Connecticut. She has taught at the University of Connecticut, Middle Tennessee State University, OLLI, and MSC.