Call (Out): Imitation, Invective, and Conversation

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Emilia Phillips
April 9 to May 4, 2018
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4-Week Workshop

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Right? In this course, we'll investigate the practices of poetic imitation and invective, and everything in between. We'll consider the role imitation plays in the development and ongoing practices of poets, and how imitation may be used for other means besides homage. We'll consider the ways in which poetic allusion and appropriation serve contemporary poetry, and establish the ways in which poetic lineages and literary traditions ground our sensibilities while also limiting us or embodying ideologies we reject. Participants will be asked to write a poem a week, while also participating in discussions about selected works provided by the instructor. We'll begin with the history of literary homage and invective, traveling all the way back to classical writers, and then arrive at our contemporary peers. This class investigates literary conversation while also participating in in-depth conversation about our own works and the works of others.

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Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her third book, Empty Clip, will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018.