Can a Single Poem Change the World?
Date: 2/7/18 – 3/21/18
Location: The Loft at Open Book
Day of the Week: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Class Level: Advanced
• Regular: $210.00
• Member: $189.00
• Low-Income: $147.00
Can a single poem change the world? In this advanced poetry workshop, we'll engage the tension between artistic contemplation and political action, asking how poetry might foster a more just society. Once a week, we'll gather and consider the poet's role in society, from communal voice to solitary seeker, outsider, and dissident.
Looking at politically-conscious poetic movements, we'll discuss the impact of new forms of publication and dissemination technologies from the printing press to zines to HBO to Twitter and beyond. We will consider these topics in the context of larger conversations about race, sexuality, gender, identity, class and technological access.
Each class, poets will compose new work in response to thematic or stylistic writing prompts and be invited to share that work with the group. We will also hold a workshop for each participant, where they will receive feedback on their poem from the whole class, in addition to regular feedback from the teaching artist. There is a $3 dollar copy fee to cover class handouts. No class March 7.