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Won’t You Celebrate With Me: The Power of Joy in Poetry (w/ Topaz Winters)
In this course we’ll examine the often-fleeting presence of joy in poetry. Must a poem be explicitly “happy” to hold an element of joy?
In the context of a modern poetry scene that often prizes suffering as a prerequisite to creating meaningful & lasting work, what political & personal relevance does joy assume?
Is joy frivolous as a topic of study in relation to poetic craft—or alternatively, does examining it too closely diminish its value?
In a world where expressions of emotion can feel embarrassing or awkward, what does it mean to write poems that unapologetically inhabit their joy?
Topaz Winters is the author of the poetry collection, SO, STRANGER
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About Topaz Winters
Topaz Winters is the author of the full-length poetry collections So, Stranger (2022), Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing (2019) & poems for the sound of the sky before thunder (2017). She is the… MORE