Respect existence or expect resistance
Cheryl Strayed says in her memoir, Wild, ‘and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave.’ This sort of manifesto is at the core of 21st century feminism. As women we are always telling ourselves another story to propel us forward into truth, into discovery and into ourselves; many feminist writers, memoirists, novelists and poets are writing towards that same agenda. Part of that history is the struggle to be heard, to be believed and to be understood. Now, more than ever, we need to gather strength from the past to propel us into the present and beyond. In this course, we will read poems by twenty-first century feminist poets and in doing so discover their agency, their risk-taking, and their decision to be strong and brave in the world of the poem. Poets we will read will include Lynn Melnick, Dorothea Lasky, Barbara Louise Ungar, Brenda Shaughnessy, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Amy Key, Diane Seuss and more.
5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.
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About Leah Umansky View Profile
Leah Umansky is the author of four books, most recently The Barbarous Century (Eyewear, 2018). She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is the curator and host of The COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as POETRY, Guernica, The Bennington Review, The New York Times, Pleiades, Glass: a journal of poetry, and the anthologies The Eloquent Poem (Persea Books) and Misrepresented Peoples (NYQ Books). She is #teamkhaleesi & #teambernard.
‘Doing an online course has helped me focus more on my poetry and tap into the wealth of skill and expertise that exists out there.’