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Practicing Poetry: Writing into Spring

April 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - June 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

     . . . from this yard I have been composing a great speech,
that I write about myself, that it’s good to be a poet, that I look
like the drawing of a house that was pencilled by a child,
that curiously, I miss him and my mind is not upon the Pleaides,
that I love the ocean and its foam against the sky
                                 –Lisa Jarnot, “The Bridge”

“Practicing Poetry” spring sessions begin April 7, 2021. We’ll meet on Wednesday nights 5 – 6:30pm EDT for six online sessions through June 23rd, over Zoom. Register for bi-monthly sessions here to receive Zoom link. Please register for each Wednesday you wish to attend. 

Giving Water a Voice

      The Bridge at Indian River

Thanks to Delaware Libraries, registration is free! We welcome teens and adults, all levels, including beginners. Here’s permission to compose a poem or story about your life, your self, how you connect to the world and others.

In Practicing Poetry, we’ll generate new writing from prompts and model poems. We’ll read work from diverse contemporary poets, and practice received forms like the sonnet and tanaga. We’ll also experiment with new poetic forms such as Jericho Brown’s duplex. We’ll use Lydia Davis‘s prose poems as prompts, and polyvocal poems such as Evie Shockley‘s letter poems.

Classes will feature poems by Ada Limón, Monica SokNatalie Diaz, Jericho BrownBarbara Jane ReyesCarl PhillipsFranny Choi and more. 

Register: Practicing Poetry Spring/Summer dates April 7 and April 21; May 12 and May 26; June 9 and June 23.

“It’s good to be a poet.”


April 7, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
June 23, 2021 @ 6:30 pm


Woodlawn Library
Virtual classes
Wilmington, DE 19801 United States
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New Castle County Libraries