How are poems made? What are poems for? What is the relationship between music, movement, visual pattern, and poetry? What do we mean when we say something is “poetic?” In this course, students will find answers to these questions by reading poems, meeting and listening to visiting poets, writing their own poems, and writing and speaking critically about contemporary and canonical works. This will not be a traditional workshop course, but a hybrid of sorts in which students will gain an understanding of the fundamental work of reading and writing, understanding and appreciating poems. Attendance at all Poetry at Bennington events will be required.