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One poetic technique that poets I admire often use to create a remarkable “stop-time” effect is what I’m calling, perhaps too obviously, the “braiding of time.” These poems braid — interweaving in close proximity — lyrical, narrative, reflective, recollective, and speculative threads in order to weave together a more complex and resilient lyric meditation, one that becomes a more powerful, variegated, and dramatic experience for the reader. We will look at poems by Philip Levine and Larry Levis, and discuss ways to bring this braiding to your own poems.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
David St. John is the author of ten collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award), most recently, The Auroras. He is also the co-editor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. He teaches in the Ph. D Program in Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Southern California and lives in Venice Beach.