During the current Covid-19 period, this class is being held LIVE ONLINE via Zoom.
Poets witness the world. They see beauty and struggle. Poems allow writers to speak from the heart.
In this class, you will read heartfelt poetry from many nations and cultures. Nicanor Para, an anti-Pinochet Chilean activist wrote in 1975 that “Poetry was a luxury item/But for us/It’s an absolute necessity.” Poetry is necessary when it cries out against injustice and when it provides a voice for those who would otherwise be voiceless. The collection of short, powerful international poems covers the theme of identity, of people finding their way and their purpose.
You will read contemporary poetry from Latin America, Africa, China, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the United States. Howard Nemirov, an American soldier in World War II, wrote “The reason we do not learn from history/Is that we are the people who did not learn from it the last time.”
The goal of this course is to learn from recent history about the struggles and triumphs of people fighting for justice.
|Click link below to see a 2.5 minute video and hear a sample poem from Sharon Hampel’s newest class.
Poetry reading by Sharon Hampel, instructor.
Textbook: Forche, Carolyn, ed.Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness. W.W. Norton and Company, 1993
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