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Modern & Contemporary American Poetry facilitated by Al Filreis is an outstanding course for novices and professionals, old and young, female and male, national and international, able and disabled, open- and close-minded-- no one is exempt. Besides learning to close read poems, students learn how the poems are related to the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Assisted by Mr. Filreis, his teaching assistants, and other staff, students learn via lectures, webcasts, discussions, quizzes, essays, and peer-review of essays. What is unlikable about the course is (1) it includes few contributions by African American poets and none by Latinos (except William Carlos Williams) and Native Americans, at least none who are recognized as such and (2) the course is too short.