Poetry, Music, and Memory

“Music isn’t simply music,” the poet Kevin Young said. “It’s memory. It’s connecting us to our past.” In this class, we’ll immerse ourselves in the magic of music and poetry. You’ll tap into your own jukebox of memory through summoning songs from your past and present, connecting to a songwriter you love, for example, by creating a golden shovel poem inspired by a favorite song passage. Expect poems to surface from treasured yet forgotten memories. We’ll also create a collective jukebox, pooling some of our favorite song lyrics together to create fun writing experiments, pausing to read inspiring texts by Victor Hernandez Cruz, Ross Gay and Sonia Sanchez and Bob Kaufman.

 

Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email keliko@hugohouse.org.

*Note – all classes are in Pacific Standard Time