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How to Fall in Love with Poetry with Sean Singer (via Zoom)
November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm$320.00
How to Fall in Love with Poetry with Sean Singer will meet for six consecutive Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM EST via Zoom, November 7 – December 12.
This class is about how to read a poem and fall in love with poetry. Close readings and class discussion that allows participants to really dig in and explore the craft and mechanics of a poem and then how to write powerful moving poems of their own.
Stanley Kunitz said that writing poetry is one of the hardest, most life-affirming things a person can do. Taken seriously, it is not a specific repertoire or academic exercise, but a way of life.
The mission of this course is to better understand poetry as a process—as a verb—rather than a product.
Most writing problems are thinking problems. Poetry—both reading it and writing it—is the best way I know to sharpen my thinking. In this class we will spend six weeks looking at the ways that poetry can sharpen our thinking. Each week we’ll focus on a set of specific topics. Our class discussions will be supported by readings and writing prompts that you’ll complete before each meeting.
Sean Singer was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1974. He has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark. Singer is the author of three books of poetry: Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); and Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press, 2022) which was just reviewed in American Poetry Review! In 2005 he was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.