About 6 months ago, before my travel plans were set, I signed up for a MOOC that has been running from UPenn for many years, Al Filreis’ Modern & Contemporary Poetry. I wasn’t sure if I would have the focus for this 10 week course during my painting residency, but I am finding, now that it is up and running, that it is a source of enrichment and inspiration. I have always turned to poetry for that mind-opening sense of falling into words. I have never formally studied the reading or the writing of poetry, I just know that I respond to it in a deep way. So with this course I am finally pinning the tail on the donkey and getting some context. I love it! There are 27,000 people all over the world currently following this ModPo MOOC. Now THAT is some awesome transformational power! Wiki – main syllabus | Modern & Contemporary American Poetry.