The Poetry Project

Extended Deep Study Sessions

Poetic Games and the Everyday — Extended Deep Study Session with Tan Lin

This course explores games, non-sense, and constraint-driven exercises. Students compose original works by experimenting and playing with language’s visual and sonic qualities, modifying literary and non-literary forms (e.g sonnet, cookbook, grocery list, crossword puzzles, anagrams, video game walkthroughs, parking tickets, indexes, operating manuals, and playlists), and utilizing non-traditional compositional techniques: cut-up, content scraping, n+1 aggregation. Because experimental writing often adheres to rules/formal procedures, students adopt rule-bound, constraint-driven forms that share an affinity with literature, gaming, and information theory.