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So much depends upon the first words of a poem: they provide readers or listeners with a glimpse of what to expect and what the poem might ask of them. Are they intrigued enough to continue? We’ll engage with work by Marianne Boruch, Frank O’Hara, Matthea Harvey, and each other. The first line written does not have to be the first line of the finished work, and participants will leave with fresh notions of where to go looking for the actual first line.
This class will meet in Wallingford at the Good Shepherd Center Room 202 (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103).
J.W. Marshall founded and ran Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Seattle, from 1995 until 2016. His poetry has appeared most recently in the webzine A Dozen Nothing and in Poetry Northwest and Hubbub. Seattle Review of Books published his appreciation of the poet Lucia Perillo. His collection, Meaning a Cloud, won the Field Poetry Prize and his chapbook, Blue Mouth, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Seattle University. He is the publisher of letterset broadsides for Function Press and letterset chapbooks for Cash Machine.