Some writers say that every poem is a love poem. But this isn't a class to prepare you for saccharine words to share on Valentine's Day. We're talking about the kind of love that's essential to the poetic voice: empathy. In a time when people feel divided and perception presented as reality, it's the work of the poet to point towards something more true. We'll read and write poems specifically focusing on empathy as an act of imagination that leads to something very real.