Crossing the Line with Priscilla Becker
Lineation is the main design, the central idiosyncratic feature of poetry. This class stems from connections to other precincts of lineation, primarily geology: the linear structural features within rocks, called intersection, crenulation, mineral, and stretching. The re-navigation of the poetic line into the metamorphic lineation of geology is a re- orientation. Our writing exercises will emanate from this interdisciplinary crossroad, employing such inventions as junction, stress, re-direction, and parallelism.
Priscilla Becker’s books are Internal West, which won The Paris Review Prize, and Stories That Listen. Her poems have appeared in Fence, Open City, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Aufgabe, Raritan, Passages North, The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, Verse, and The Brooklyn Rail. She teaches poetry at Pratt Institute and Columbia University.