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WHO'S AFRAID OF POETRY: A FOUR-PART COURSE TO LOVING POETRY BY JAKE ADAM YORK. POETRY. The very word seems to send a cringe through the average American. In bookstores, poetry sections are tucked away in small corners in order to protect the happy customers looking for vacation reading. On airplanes, conversations stop when someone reveals that she is a poet. But, at the same time, poetry continues to be a term of approval. An athlete may be described as "poetry in motion." A skilled musician is called a "poet." And anything beautiful is poetic.

How can we accept the virtues of poetry while continuing to avoid it? Can we learn to live with and maybe – just maybe – even enjoy poetry?

If there is anyone who can make poetry interesting, it is The Lab's Affiliate Curator of Education Jake Adam York. This four-part course explores the difficulties of poetry, examines the common complaints Americans make about poetry and reveals how what are seen as poetry's problems are actually its strengths and beauties.

JANUARY-MARCH 2008:
PART ONE: I, TOO, DISLIKE IT
PART TWO: TOO BIG, TOO COMPLEX
PART THREE: TOO WEIRD, TOO ARTIFICIAL, TOO BORING
PART FOUR: TOO SMALL, TOO POWERFUL, TOO POETRY

Jake Adam York is The Lab's Affiliate Curator of Education and an Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is a scholar of poetry, an editor and an award-winning poet. His most recent book A Murmuration of Starlings was published by the Southern Illinois University Press.