This class will study seriously good poems that make us laugh. We will read contemporary poets including Les Murray, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ross Gay, Billy Collins, Ruth Stone, and others, and examine the ways in which their work accomplishes a comedic effect, even as the poems are about grief, loss, or rage. We will also explore ways we can use dramatic tension, surprise, or play our own poetry, and emerge from the class with at least six new poems and three revisions. For all levels.
Eileen Rush is a poet and writer who works as the Narrative Design Lead for an online educational simulation company. She earned an MFA from the University of Florida. Her poems have been published in or are forthcoming from Pleiades, The Journal, The Southern Review, A Dozen Nothing, The 2020 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and elsewhere.Register