The fourth issue of The First Experiment was created by students in Poetry Now, an experimental section of WR100, a writing seminar in Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program, during the Spring 2015 semester. Like other Arts Now courses, Poetry Now offers students the opportunity to engage with contemporary art both in and out of the classroom. Students read newly-published collections; attend poetry events on- and off-campus; talk to local and national poets, editors, and publishers; and gain editorial experience.
The poems published in Issue 04 represent the students’ creative engagement with four books—Amaranth Borsuk's Handiwork, Oni Buchanan's Must a Violence, Cathy Linh Che's Split, and Lizzie Harris’s Stop Wanting—and include self-portraits, prose poems, erasures, and auditory ekphrasis, among other forms. Students also engaged critically with the above collections. All content was written and selected by the students, working in small editorial groups.