Bay Area peeps: take my poetry workshop at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto in July/August!
More info here, please forward widely.
Instructor: Laura Goode
Number of Sessions: 6
Meeting times: Wednesday evenings July 13, 27, and August 3, 10, 17, and 24 (skipping July 20 for Laura’s book party!)
Course fee: $350, with $100 deposit to reserve space in the class.
Description: “It is difficult/ to get the news from poems,/ yet men die miserably every day/ for lack/ of what is found there.” –W.C. Williams, “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”
What does the reader find in a poem; conversely, what does the poet find in writing it? What must be found in order to create a new poem? What constitutes a “found” poem? This six-week poetry intensive will embolden students to find poetic matter in the most mundane or unexpected places: in transit, in the home, in minutiae and detritus. Writing exercises will focus on locating inspiration in routine places, creating new poetic language from existing source texts, and utilizing formal constraints to liberate, not restrict, poetic invention. We will also examine various resources for getting your poems published and discuss other venues (reading series, teaching opportunities, other poets) for poetic engagement. We will read and write hungrily; our coterie will be small and intimate.
Poets of all ages, experience levels, and backgrounds are very welcome. Please send me your favorite poem by yourself and your favorite poem by someone else with your registration; this is purely for my edification and will not determine your admission to the class.