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“A poem starts with a phrase or a sentence that arrives, usually without warning or preparation, then the rest grows around that. Some wind up as titles, others beginnings or endings; most change their minds and move around as it’s coming together.”

– Mark Bibbins

In this class we will look closely at the things that make a poem work, from technical considerations, like line breaks and punctuation—or lack thereof—to more subjective concerns such as tone or meaning—or lack thereof. We will embrace chance and strangeness, too, in our class discussions, as well as in outside readings and prompts.

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Brief Bio

Mark Bibbins is the author of They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University. He is an “outstanding poetry instructor. He accepted and encouraged each student's individual style in an attempt to help each student achieve to their full potential,” writes a 92Y student.

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