Do most poetic forms make you want to ball out with Plato and ban poets from the ideal public square? Even if you are a dedicated poet yourself? Then this class is for you! Looking at the examples of Gwendolyn Brooks, W.H Auden, Rachel Wetstzeon, and Terrance Hayes, we will examine such techniques as stream of consciousness, breath, internal rhythm, and verb usage to see how form poems work. Then we will try out a range of techniques in short free write exercises.