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Writing Alongside Yeats and Pessoa

Two poets writing in the shadows of adjacent domineering cultures and two poets projecting their visions through multiple masks and shades, Yeats and Pessoa can teach us a great deal about the literary uses of indirection and provocation. One intensely lyrical (Yeats) and one distinctly postmodern (Pessoa), together they give the lie to the idea that poetry is the simple act of being yourself on the page. Let’s be mentored by them as we find different ways to speak authentically. Appropriate for all levels. Weekly prompts and reading assignments.

Required Texts (available at Elliott Bay Book Company):

Pessoa, Fernando. Pessoa & Company. ed. and translated by Richard Zenith (Grove Press, New York, 1998)

Pessoa, Fernando. The Complete Poems of Alberto Caeiro. translated by Chris Daniels (Shears Books, Exeter, 2007)

Yeats, W.B., The Collected Poems of W.B Yeats, ed. Richard J. Finneran (Scribner, New York, 1983

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.

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Instructor: Deborah Woodard

Class Type: 10 Sessions

Start Date: 09/19/2015

End Date: 11/21/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Deborah Woodard

Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.

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