Contemporary poetry is an exciting and fun subject, both for reading and writing. Poetry is a way of tapping into the imagination of both reader and writer, a way of heightening everyday experience. We will study basic poetic techniques, including concrete description, figurative language, tone, persona, meter, and form. We will examine these techniques using classical as well as contemporary examples. Students will practice techniques, both in isolation and as a part of original poems. Each week class time will be devoted to discussing students` poems and writing samples.
Teacher: Mr. Mark Parsons
Mark Parsons was born in the United States. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in poetry. He taught English Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona and Oklahoma State University. Since 2005, he has lived in Japan, teaching in Japanese public schools, as well as private conversation schools. His poems have been published in journals and magazines in the US and Canada as well as on the web.