Spellcasting and the Poetic Line

Spellcasting and the Poetic Line


What can be accomplished in just a line? In this course we’ll tackle this question, looking at the sorts of spells we can weave in a poem when we consider the magical potential of the line, what effects we can cast on the reader if we pay more attention to the micro.

For example, we’ll consider how the poetic line can alter the passage of time, as in James Galvin’s “Stories Are Made of Mistakes,” and how the juxtaposition of the non-sequitur can snowball into something brilliant in prose poetry. We’ll explore the effects of line lengths in our work, how lineation can both unearth and constructively obfuscate form, and other ways we can alter a reader’s experience merely by altering our lines.

Writing prompts will be in the form of exercises that draw from the poems we read each week, as well as our peers’ work throughout the course. 

February 4-March 3, Online

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Teaching Artist


Heather Knox

Heather Knox is the author of the poetry collection Dowry Meat (Words Dance Publishing) and the young adult fiction series Vampire Wars (EPIC Escape). Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, [PANK], decomP magazinE, Word Riot, and others. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2013. Heather currently teaches online as an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University and serves as Managing Editor for The Wardrobe (Sundress Publications).