Tuesday evenings from October 28th – December 16th at 7:00 – 9:00pm
Exploring the Self and World Through Poetry: Letting the Light Back In will explore what it means to be a poet, and will also introduce students to multiple ways of making poems that are most likely to move readers. The course will address different approaches to poetry, and can be useful to any level of writer and reader. It will start with modernism and look at poetry that belongs to “the Other,” as an alternative to mainstream culture. How can we let the light in and be sure that our poems are making a change in the reader as she reads along with us?
This workshop will follow the syllabus below:
10/28: Why write? Introduction and general guidelines for course. Poems to discuss by Marianne Moore, Szymborska, and Barbara Ras.
11/4: History: the poem as a field of action (1918 – 1950). Poems to discuss by Mina Loy, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, and Marianne Moore.
11/11: Elaborating on topics discussed in previous class. Poems to discuss by Marge Piercy, Ange Mlinko, and Chris Nealon. Discuss/workshop student poetry.
11/18: On the poetic process. Discuss/workshop student poetry.
11/25: Elaborating on topics discussed in previous class. Poems to discuss by Frank O’ Hara, Claudia Rankine, and June Jordan. Discuss/workshop student poetry.
12/2: Previous topics continued. Poems to discuss by Diane di Prima, and Amy De’Ath. Discuss/workshop student poetry.
12/9: Previous topics continued. Poems to discuss by Amy De’Ath. Discuss/workshop student poetry.
12/16: Final thoughts; how does a poet survive in the world? What kinds of poems are most likely to make an impact on the larger world? What have you learned?
Students must sign up for the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions.
Exploring the Self & World Through Poetry: Letting the Light Back In is taught by Laura Carter, Loose Change’s Writer in Residence. You can reach Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about her work at:
Space is limited so register soon to reserve your spot!