Online: Zoom

Poetry As a Form of Attention - Remote!

Friday, November 19th, 10:30pm-1:30pm (EST)
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

In this class, we'll explore the ways in which poetry helps us slow down and pay attention. "Absolutely unmixed attention," the philosopher Simone Weil wrote, "is prayer." How does poetry help us approach the larger meanings of our life? What does poetry help us notice that we wouldn't notice otherwise? How is this deep noticing a revolutionary act--either of wonder or outrage, a rallying cry for the beautiful and for justice and for spirit.

We'll also look at the ways in which slowing down and paying close attention to our poems themselves can help us become better poets. We'll look closely at word choice, use of blank spaces, punctuation, and explore the relationship between form and meaning in a poem.

The class will give you tools to read better--and write better.

In a period in which we're so inundated with information, much of it bad, how can poetry help us tune into what we care about so that we shift our perception and create the change we want to see--in our poems and beyond them.

This class will include close readings, some time to generate new work, discussion, short mindful meditation, to focus our attention, and exercises to take home with you.

Poets we might look at include: Audre Lorde, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Rilke, Mary Oliver, Whitman and others.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

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Nadia Colburn
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  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Reading
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  • In-Class Writing
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  • Generate New Work


  • Poetry

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