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VIDEO: This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom).
All Levels | In this generative poetry class, we will focus on locating and refining what poet Charles Simic refers to as “your native nuttiness, a realm which is all your own.” To begin, we will read and discuss poets whose work evidences a fondness for obsession, unique and surprising syntax and diction, and a willingness to take risks with form and subject matter. Once we catalogue the merits of these poems, we will try our hands at creating work that aims to be as daring.
Martha Silano is the author of five poetry books, including Gravity Assist, Reckless Lovely, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, all from Saturnalia Books. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, American Poetry Review, and Paris Review, among others, and in four dozen print anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation and Best American Poetry 2009. She also co-authored, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. Martha received Yaddo's 2017 Martha Walsh Pulver Residency. She teaches at Bellevue College.