Poetry and Place: The Noise and Whip of the Whirlwind
Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom
Day of the Week: Saturday
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Class Level: Open to All Levels
• Regular: $70.00
• Member: $63.00
• Low-Income: $49.00
Landscape and history, language and wonder, location and dislocation: Writing about place allows us to investigate them all. In this class, we will honor the extraordinary pull that the particulars of place—the street you grew up on, the commute to work, the trees and birds whose names we don't know but adore just the same—exert on our experience and imagination.
Through readings of authors from around the world, and writing exercises meant to heighten awareness of the places we inhabit, we will immerse ourselves in the physical, historical, psychic, and political dimensions of place, as well as the language, images, and forms that bring it to life in poems. For guidance and stimulation, we'll read many poets, including Alberto Rios, Natasha Trethewey, Layli Long Soldier, Basho, and Juliana Spahr, and create at least three new drafts of poems. This class is for poets and writers of all levels looking to explore new forms and approaches for writing about place. $3 copy fee.