Comics Poetry: Experimenting with Text and Image

Sep 22 - Dec 1
Thursday 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
Thursday 6:30-8:30 PM (EST) 10 sessions
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Susanne Reece,

Writer, illustrator, visual essayist, copywriter

What happens when poetry and comics meet? Poetry uses written language to express the intangible-moods and emotions-and the feelings or sensations of the tangible. Its language is concerned with sounds and rhythm, and these determine the shape and arrangement of a poem on the page. Comics use a visual language to tell stories and express ideas. Its language is made up of panels, balloons, frames and gutters. When these languages are combined, the result is comics poetry-a unique form that harnesses the power of words and images for personal creative expression. In this course we will study artists and poets who are creating comics poetry for inspiration, and students will generate their own comics poems using the techniques and strategies that speak to them. Working with found images and found poetry, students will adapt existing poems, write their own poems, and create their own images. By the end of the semester, each student will have enough comics poems to make a zine or chapbook.
NOTE: This course is fully online and offered through a combination of regularly scheduled sessions during the listed course hours, as well as asynchronous material that may include prerecorded lectures and media, and interactive discussions.
Course Number
3.5 CEUs