“Why Must It Always End This Way?” Narrative Theory & Poetry Workshop with Natasha Sajé
The term “narrative” is often misused, confused with realism or accessibility, but understanding narrative can strengthen poetry writing. Students will examine narrative in the poems of Barbara Guest and John Ashbery, among others, and are invited to bring their own poems with narrative elements.
Inherent Logics: From One Genre to Another with Douglas A. Martin
In this seminar we’ll work outside of and between forms and search for logics poetic or otherwise in our fledgling pieces, letting what emerges from things currently tangled, broken or uncollected be our guide toward form. We will assess efforts weekly and leave each class with a new set of keys to attempt to turn. And if we wind up with something sounding more like it wants to be an essay, we will hear where and how it sings to tune or compose anew.
In this workshop we’ll develop multiple ways of gathering material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes. We’ll explore walking/writing meditation, layered journaling, collaging from news and other resources, and more. Readings will be from Matsuo Basho, Harry Mathews, Jack Kerouac, Harryette Mullen William Carlos Williams, Helene Cixous, Bernadette Mayer and Ed Sanders, among others. Students will leave the class with a collection of five poems or short prose pieces.
Mystical beasts, magical forests, lost treasure and more can be found in this island map-making workshop. Children will create their own maps with poetic descriptions of distant unexplored islands for those daring enough to venture there. Lead by Poets House Children’s Room Director Mike Romanos.
Join Charles Waters for a morning of humorous poetry that's off the page and off the wall. We’ll write comical poems together and act them out on stage.
Charles Waters is a children's poet, actor and educator who has performed in schools and universities across the country. His work has appeared in various textbooks and anthologies including National Geographic.
Come in costume and hear monstrous, spooky verse from poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Karla Kushkin, Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, read by Poets House Children’s Room Director Mike Romanos, who will also lead us in casting our own poetic spells to celebrate the day
A panel discussion and conversation about poems written by children – and poems written for children – with children’s literature scholar Jennifer Brown, educator and founder of The Touchstone Center Richard Lewis, historian and children’s literature critic Leonard Marcus, educator Annie Wright, widow and editor of poet James Wright, and members of The Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble, Clea Rivera and Harry Mann.