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.

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