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Open Enrollment Class Registration - Xie

Make it New: Writing Against Ritual and Habit with Jenny Xie
"I will do anything to avoid boredom. You can never know enough…never leave the mind quickly enough,” wrote Anne Carson in her introduction to “Short Talks.” This class will heed Carson’s spirit of openness and rich curiosity, and investigate the pleasures of writing toward self-surprise. How do we avoid the trap of self-imitation and reinvigorate our work? How can the strange and the unexpected be a source of energy and revelation? We will begin the course by diagnosing patterns and recurring motions in our own work, and then labor to jostle ourselves out of our usual familiar rhythms. Along the way, we will sample a spectrum of voices, approaches, and forms, and probe them for what they can teach us about invention and discovery. The goal is to try to increase our range as poets, to develop the sensitivity of our ear, and to allow new lexicons, syntactical structures, and tonal variations to seep into our work. Class will be structured around discussion of craft and revision, generative exercises, and workshopping of poems

Full and Partial Refunds

  • Requests for refunds must be received in writing. To request a refund, email Program Assistant Rennie Ament at rennie@poetshouse.org.
  • Poets House retains a $60 processing fee on any refund.
    • Tuition (less processing fee) is refundable until the second class meeting.
    • Six registrants are required in order for a class to run. If a course fails to meet the minimum registration, it will be cancelled and full tuition will be refunded to all registrants.
    • Tuition will not be pro-rated for missed classes.

      
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