Are you a dedicated prose writer, but sometimes just want to write a poem? (As Vladimir Nabokov wrote, “You have to saturate yourself with English poetry in order to compose English prose.”) Have you written poetry on your own, maybe secretly, and want to learn more? Do you take writing classes and, increasingly, ask yourself whether you could try your hand at writing a poem? In this six-week class, we will try poetry-writing exercises based on accessible, yet artistically challenging and satisfying, models from poets such as Danez Smith, Denise Duhamel, Garrett Hongo. Ada Limon, and Philip Larkin, for example. The last week will feature a choice of either technical / form exercise or a revision. In the weekly chats, we will discuss the week’s exercise and explore the model’s basic technical issues. Chat transcripts are always available to students unable to attend. All welcome. For six weeks, be a poet!
This class is open to new, current, and returning Writers Studio students.