UPDATED 1/7/22-ONLINE: The magic of a memorable poem comes from its ability to touch and transport us emotionally and intellectually. Yet intimate poems are often wrought from life or passions, and this material can be difficult to handle. During this in-person course, we will discover strategies to help us write our truths, to pursue what begs to be a poem. Using stellar poems from Edward Hirsch’s breathtaking anthology, "100 Poems to Break Your Heart," you will be guided to read two or three poems each week that employ similar strategies but are different in what they consider or their voice, tone, or style. Such strategies include writing in the third person, choosing the correct form for the poem, and using persona. Poets are invited to bring a new or applicable poem to each class, where we will discuss your poems together. Participants are also invited to send their poems to the instructor prior to class for a written response. | Facilitated discussion.