The Poetic Sequence

Somewhere between the novel-in-verse and the poem in three parts lies the poetic sequence, a form and genre that strives toward a fuller expression than a single poem can create, using the complexities of juxtaposition and association to create an overall effect. In this generative online workshop, we’ll read, write and explore the mid-range of poetic sequence potentialities, from sonnet crowns to rengas to Modernist inventions and beyond, with an eye to expanding both the notion of what a successful poetic sequence is and what it can accomplish. Readings will include work by Sonia Sanchez, Anne Carson, Joan Larkin, Muriel Rukeyser and Marilyn Nelson, among others. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

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Gregory Crosby is the author of Said No One Ever, Walking Away from Explosions in Slow Motion, Spooky Action at a Distance and The Book of Thirteen. For more than a decade he worked as an art critic, columnist and cultural commentator in Las Vegas, where he served as a poetry consultant for the Cultural Affairs Division. He was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Literary Arts and holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York, where he won the 2006 Marie Ponsot Poetry Prize. From 2010–2014 he co-curated the Earshot reading series, and from 2011–2015 he coedited the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre. He is an adjunct associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and teaches creative writing at Lehman College–CUNY.