Writing the Long Poem
Sometimes, we become frustrated with our poems because they don’t feel complete and there is seemingly nowhere to go. I would like you to consider that this frustration is a good thing. Perhaps a line, or a poem as a whole, has nowhere to go and we must accept that fact. Write an idea, and move on from it. The purpose of poetry is not to tell a clear story, but to become aware of the world around us. Poetry offers a way for us to give ourselves to the world, to give ourselves back to us. And to understand ourselves within the great project of being alive. Our existence is messy, incomplete, abstract. Allow your poems to be that way too.
We will practice writing stream of consciousness and generative writing exercises that will ask you to take leaps in logic. By the end of the class, you will have a good foundation for one long poem.
For intermediate to advanced poets.
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!
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