POETRY: A PRIVATE WORKSHOP

DATES:  5 Monday evenings, beginning February 8th and ending March 7th, 2016.  TIME: 7:15 - 9:30 P.M.

PLACE:  330 Pope St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

COST: $110 / $225

COURSE DESCRIPTION

It’s a new year, poets and poetry lovers, and Muse has had time while recovering from a seemingly endless clu (cold/flu) to reflect.  In fact, she has reflected her way into to selecting a group of poets whose work is interesting but not wildly well known, and has devised the Poet Sampler Workshop.  On consecutive Mondays, Muse will supply you with poems by Anne Carson, Brian Turner, Natasha Trethaway, or Troy Jollimore.  On the fifth week, there will be a potpourri of interesting new poems by several poets.

The point here is to change yer way of livin’ or at least expand yer way of thinkin’.  (Muse is sincere in this poetic aim.  It is true that she listens to country music while she cooks and it sometimes shows in her prose style.)

The second half of the workshop will be devoted to the nurturing and discussion of participants’ own original work.

NOTE:  Participants can take the first half of the workshop only, and leave at 8:20.  However, if you’re going to take the second half, during which we work on our own poems, you have to do the whole combo.

As to the workshop itself, Muse will do her best to provide a congenial environment, as well as prompts, in-class writing exercises, and assignments designed to help you produce new poems.  Please bring nine copies of a new poem (if you have one) to the first meeting.  She asks that you bring only new work.  She’ll return your poem and each subsequent one with suggestions and comments. Also please bring a poem by someone else that you like – no copies necessary—for the poetry read-around, since Muse likes to start each workshop with the sound of poetry in our ears. 

    If you’re interested, contact me at <cmuse@sonic.net>

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