Going The Distance: Poetic Sequences and The Long Poem

Date: 5/3/18 – 5/24/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Intermediate

Genre: Poetry

Pricing:
• Regular: $140.00
• Member: $126.00
• Low-Income: $98.00


What happens to a poem when it explodes into many? What waits for us as writers halfway through a long poem? Do we have the legs and stamina to make it to the end? What tools and tricks can we learn to help us over the horizon? "Going The Distance" is a generative class meant to investigate the potential of crowns, sequences, and invented forms to unveil our deeper thinking in a way that cannot be done with brevity nor a single poem.

Looking at the works of Morgan Parker, Shira Erlichman, Tommy Pico, and Shane McCrae, we will begin mapping and writing long poems/extended poetic sequences. Classes will consist of discussion of assigned materials, craft exercises, workshop critiques, and other in-class activities to just us on our journeys into the unknown of our poems. Participants should expect to read 20-30 pages of poetry per week as well as to write and/or journal a considerable amount between classes. This class is ideal for those looking to deepen their experiences with writing poetry, those who feel stuck in their work, and those looking to build towards a manuscript.