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Small Fires: Writing the Short Poem with Philip F. Clark (in person at HVWC)

August 28, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Hudson Valley Writers Workshop: In-Person Workshop — Sunday, August 28, 2022 12:30-4:30 pm

NB: This is an in-person workshop at HVWC in the Philipse Manor Train Station in Sleepy Hollow, NY. It will be capped at 10 students. All must show proof of vaccination to attend this class. Please read our class policies before signing up for a workshop.

In this workshop we will explore and practice the rich form of the short poem — which has a long history among many poets such as Rumi, Jean Valentine, C.P. Cavafy, Mark Strand, June Jordan, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath. The short poem contains much in a small space, and they can ignite larger meaning and power in your poetry, with specificity and concision. Short poems contain, in a small space, a rigorous tool for expansive expression. Together, we will write 4-6 poems in the class, which we will share and critique constructively, as well as read and examine some fine examples of the form.  Resources for potential publication will be offered, as well as a bibliography of works that represent a broad selection of the short poem genre. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged.

12:30-1:00 pm: Welcome and Introductions

1:00-1:30 pm: Readings in the Genre

1:30-3:30 pm: Writing, Feedback, and Discussion

3:30-4:00 pm: Resources and Opportunities for Publication

4:00-4:30 pm: Q&A

Philip F. Clark is the author of The Carnival of Affection, (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), and currently teaches at City College, New York. He is the Poetry Editor of A&U Magazine, and his work has appeared in Tampa Review, Tiferet Journal, Marsh Hawk Press, Vox Populi, and Lambda Literary, among other publications. His poetry blog is The Poet’s Grin: https://philipfclark.wordpress.com/


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August 28, 2022
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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