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The Imaginative Play of Form

Date: 9/17/18 – 12/10/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Monday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Poetry

• Regular: $420.00
• Member: $378.00
• Low-Income: $294.00

This class emphasizes the "serious play" of working with form, not at the expense of imagination and feeling, but to better serve their range and subtlety. New forms can unlock new content. While keeping considerations of content in mind, we'll approach poetry mainly through formal strategies, to tap new expressive capacities and bring neglected aspects of experience and personality into our work.

We'll spend the first few sessions revisiting the formal foundations of poetry, and then adventure into the wide world of forms, exploring mainly nontraditional, sometimes non-Western forms including the haiku and haibun, the Neruda-style "elemental" ode, the prose poem, the ghazal, and the series poem. We'll also note formal innovations in American poetry and consider three important elements in inventing forms of our own.

Master poets discussed include Donald Hall, Pablo Neruda, Robert Creeley, Mary Oliver, Lorine Niedecker, and many others. Weekly writing assignments span a range of forms and styles. The teaching artist offers to critique up to six poems per participant between class meetings.

$5 copy fee; no class 11/19.