A Course of Luminous Things: Incandescent Poetry

Instructor:  Ellen Sander

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Class Limit 16
  • Text Required

This course is open to those with little or no prior exposure to poetry as well as those who already enjoy a long-term relationship and want to savor the poems collectively. Continuing with Ellen Sander’s unanimously and vigorously praised Modern Poetry courses, we unravel approachable works of great immediacy, positioned in or emerging from the artistic explosion of Modernism. We’ll explore them through multimedia and, anecdotally, through audio, video, collaborative close reading and lively discourse. This course will begin in Fall and possibly continue in Winterim. “Language waits to be released in poetry…. Poetry enacts the possibilities and powers that lie dormant in the nature of language itself,” from Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder. Great poetry invites and rewards interpretation, discussion and interaction. The course takes its name from the textbook which is a lively anthology of international zesty, engaging, poetry. It is available from most online booksellers used from $5.78 to $12.09 at the time of this writing, May, 2018.

Class limit 16

Required text: A Book of Luminous Things, ed. Czeslaw Milosz, online booksellers used from $5.78 to $12.09.
ISBN-13: 978-0156005746
ISBN-10: 0156005743

Ellen Sander has been reading, writing, publishing and studying poetry for 60 years, and is a former Belfast Poet Laureate. She hosts Poetry Woodshed Radio on Belfast’s local FM station, WBFY.