FALL 2018 – POETRY


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Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)

Poetry I with Elline Lipkin in Pasadena

3 spots left!


Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 30, 2018 to December 18, 2018

Through original creative work, revision, reading, and discussion, this eight-week workshop will focus on making poems that are driven by a keen attention to language, image, and sound. As we engage with each other’s work and the weekly readings, we’ll explore the ways poetry can recover more complex imaginative and perceptive possibilities. We'll discuss how to find the "white heat" of a poem and revise drafts to coax out the central idea lurking within the work. As poet Mark Doty wisely asserts: “Our metaphors go on ahead of us; they know before we do.” We will be putting Doty’s assertion to the test with an emphasis on generative writing exercises that lead us into surprising and productive creative spaces.

This class is open to students at all levels and will take place in Pasadena, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.
 


Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available for returning students.)

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Poetry II with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo in Silver Lake

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Mondays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 15 to December 10
(with no class on December 3)

Building on basic poetry tools such as imagery, sound, figurative language, line, and form, poets will read contemporary work from Cathy Linh Che, Chen Chen, Natalie Diaz, Morgan Parker, Javier Zamora, Khadijah Queen, and others with a critical eye toward their own work. In this eight-week workshop, we will pay special attention to using wonder, humor, and sensuality as strategies for writing on difficult topics such as trauma, chaos, and sex. Each class meeting will include a short lesson on one of the previously mentioned topics and a workshop of student poems. Previous experience studying poetry and/or enrollment in Poetry I or Mixed Levels Poetry is recommended but not required.

This class will take place in Silver Lake, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.