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Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads: Using Imagery in Poems

How can we create an image to encapsulate an idea, an emotion, a state of mind? We will explore the power of imagery as a means of crystallizing an idea. We will seek out and sift through the visual material of the world to find the “right” image for what we want to say. We will consider poems rich with imagery (both real and surreal) by Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Paul Celan, Ed Skoog, Chelsea Minnis, and others. Along with readings, the class will include generative writing prompts and mini-workshops.

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Instructor: Jane Wong

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 05/16/2015

End Date: 05/17/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jane Wong

Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems and essays can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, and Ecotone. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, and others. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

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