Let’s face it, you either love poetry or you don’t. If you love it, this class will further hone your understanding of the form. If you don’t like it, it’s probably because you have yet to come across the right poem. This course will focus on modern and contemporary poetry. We will read and consider a selection of contemporary poets and poetic forms including, prose poetry, narrative poetry, sonnets, and free verse. (You are bound to come across a poem you’ll like.) We will also write to a series of poetry-inspired prompts designed to help you develop an assortment of first draft poems. Students will learn and use the Amherst Writers & Artists’ methods, a non-critical response method. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome.