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Finding the Art in the Line with Elaine Sexton

Poems are structures: the way words appear on the page—the use of white space, typography, order, disorder. We step into a poem as we would a new building we admire: curious, but from the outside. The discovery that the origin of the word stanza is from the Italian for room naturally, makes sense. What draws us into the delicate, vivid, and sometimes disturbing rooms of a memorable poem? Each week we search for the answers, finding them in the scaffolding of the poem, identifying the visual and sonic devices that contribute to its space including the use of erasures and other forms of ellipsis. Part craft-class, this workshop is made up of lessons, assignments, and constructive critiques. Handouts will serve as a primer and include work by poets ranging from Elizabeth Bishop and Wallace Stevens to Louise Glück and Terrance Hayes. We will look at new poems by Ross Gay, Rigoberto Gonzalez, and Warsan Shire as examples of how voice, tone, and imagery transform a subject, common to us all, such as “home.” Participants will complete this six-week workshop with at least as many new strategies to apply to their next poem as weeks spent together.

Class enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Since many classes fill quickly; we encourage you to enroll early. Your enrollment is complete when full payment for tuition has been received.

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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