This class will be a journey through the twentieth century in poetry. We will meet Muriel Rukeyser, who commemorated the death of hundreds of miners in her poetry, read the poets of the Harlem Renaissance and then move on to Allen Ginsberg and his major work "Howl", before meeting Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde and Maya Angelou. Finally, we will get to the experimental contemporary poetry by Ocean Vuong, Sesshu Foster and giovanni singleton. While we will read many poems, of course, we will also read theory (written partially by the poets themselves, for example by Denise Levertov), look at poetry as a powerful political tool in times of crisis and discuss how poetry was and can be used in activist contexts. In our analysis, we will experiment with different strategies that might also be helpful to continue teaching poetry in schools. The reading material will be provided on Stud.IP.