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Using Poetry to Respond to the World

Date: 7/12/17 – 8/23/17

Location: Online

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Poetry

• Regular: $234.00
• Member: $210.60

This class will explore the question: what does it mean to write in our contemporary American moment? Designed for those looking to use poetry to respond to the world, particularly social issues like race, gender, social class, and the environment. Each week, we'll read examples of contemporary poets responding to the world (pdfs provided).

Some poets we'll explore include: Ross Gay's poems about urban environmentalism; Ada Limon's poetry that celebrates being a woman; excerpts from Claudia Rankine's Citizen, a book length poem interrogating what it means to be black; and Eduardo Corral's poems which blend Spanish and English in their consideration of history and power.

Some of the questions we will ask of ourselves and the poets we'll read: how is our identity formed? What communities are we a part of? How do these groups shape our understanding of the world and how others understand us? Can writing be a means of social activism? The class will incorporate guided writing prompts as well as opportunities to share and respond to each other's writing through online discussion boards. By the end of the class you'll have several poems ready to be sent out into the world and we'll discuss areas for possible publication.