English Department Faculty News

Scott AbelsPoet Scott Abels to teach The Sacred and Erotic in Lyric Poetry

While Professor Adele Ne Jame is on leave this semester, the HPU English department is pleased to announce that Scott Abels will be teaching WRI 3313 in Fall 2012.

Scott is the author of  Rambo Goes to Idaho (BlazeVox, 2011)  and Nebraska Fantastic (Beard of Bees Press, 2012),  the editor of Country Music, an online journal of poetry, and the author of  the blog  Country Gentleperson, "a blog about poetry and modesty."    He has previously taught WRI 1100 and 1200 at HPU as well as facilitated poetry workshops at the Ko'olau Writing Workshops.

This will be an exciting year for poetry workshops at HPU with Patrice Wilson's  Childhood and Poetry class  (WRI 3311) scheduled for Spring 2013 in addition to Scott's version of the Sacred and Erotic in Lyric poetry this fall, Adele Ne Jame's WRI 3310 Poetry Workshop will be next offered in Fall 2013. 

WRI 3313  Sacred and Erotic in Lyric Poetry,  T R 9:10-10:35 LB Mezz 1

Course description:

This is an upper-division poetry writing workshop that will blend creative writing with an investigation of a variety of selected sacred and erotic texts, both ancient and modern from around the world. Students will work seminar fashion reviewing the readings and leading discussions.

We will begin the course by exploring some common themes, questions, and problems that lyric poetry poses.  While initially asking ourselves what lyric poetry is, we will start with ancient sources of the lyric, including The Song of Songs and Sappho’s fragments—both of which are thousands of years old—and eventually move toward more contemporary examples of the sacred and erotic in lyric poetry. 

 As well as producing a number of original lyric poems—including opportunities for revision—one of our goals for the semester is to produce an 8-10 page critical essay (using MLA format) which  focuses on some aspect of the sacred and the erotic, and explores how they inform one another. This essay will incorporate some of the assigned texts (both poetry and criticism) as well as sources encountered outside this course’s reading list.  Discovery and original connections are valued here.  Finally, we will plan an informal, public reading of our poems sometime at the end of the semester!