In this hybrid Literature / Visual Arts course, students will experience the full range of the poet’s creative process, from the conception of the poem, to writing it, shaping and editing it, designing its printed material aspects, setting it in type, printing on the letterpresses, and producing the work in a readable, distributable form. The process will be a dialog between written and visual representation of ideas in which students work in the interstices between language and image. Students will work as writers participating in a peer critique workshop, and as printers and visual artists designing, setting, illustrating and printing their text. We will also study the history of artist’s books and poet-printers such as William Blake and Virginia Woolf, and look at work by contemporary printers, artists, and visual-poets. All students will be expected to write and print, participate in workshop discussions and attend to the work of the letterpress lab.
Corequisite: Students are required to be in attendance at all Literature evenings and Poetry at Bennington events (typically on alternating Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm).