English 166 - Winter, 2016

Love & Desire in Contemporary American Poetry

Class Information

Instructor: Clover, Joshua
CRN: 43598
Time: TR 1:40-3:00
Location: 118 Olson


    "Love & Desire" are often associated with romantic love and particularly with conventional pair-bonding, the intense coupling once called "autism for two." In this course, we will do our best to locate that mode within a larger context of love & desire that includes queer love, revolutionary desire, love for place, collective love, and the like. We'll read a bunch of poems from the last few decades, and end with a sustained consideration of whether the ideas of love & desire are universal or if they change over place and time — and if so, how we might think about them now in relation to poetry.


    Grading will be based on an even mix of reading responses, quizzes, participation, and a final paper.


    Revolutionary Letters, Diane DiPrima
    Lunch Poems, Frank O'Hara
    this connection of everyone with lungs, Juliana Spahr
    The Dream of a Common Language, Adrienne Rich
    Selected Poems, Gwendolyn Brooks