The course celebrates the collaborative potential between poetry and illustration. Poetry, a format ripe with visual metaphor, lends itself to illustration. Similarly, illustration with its unique narrative possibility lends itself to poetry. Students enrolled in this course will understand how to develop an image based through the abstractions of contemporary or classical poetry. Students will learn illustrative strategies to further understand the complexities of transforming word into image. Through this course, students will also understand the importance of popular culture and its influence on the imagery that is created through literature.