Practicing Poetry: Writing in Spring

Practicing Poetry: Writing into Spring

April 7 – June 23    5:00-6:30pm eastern


     . . . 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. Students can register for bi-monthly sessions here to receive the login link. Please register for each Wednesday you wish to attend. Here’s permission to compose a great poem that you write about yourself!

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. 

In Practicing Poetry, we’ll generate new poems 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.

We will read poetry by Ada LimónMonica SokNatalie DiazJericho BrownBarbara Jane ReyesCarl PhillipsFranny Choi and more. 

Practicing Poetry Spring 2021 class dates are April 7 and 21; May 12 and 26; June 9 and 23.

“It’s good to be a poet.”