Course Description

IN PERSON: Writing poetry can be fun! After reading model poems, students will be invited to write their own poems based on the model, and share their poems in class. Plan on fascinating discussions! You will also receive the instructor's observations on your poem in an email. For our prompts, one week we'll read a poem by Robert Pinsky that free-associates memory after memory. You'll then create a stream-of-thought poem, allowing free-flying images from Mickey Mantle to Aunt Mable to the ThighMaster. We'll borrow a line from Shakespeare and rock it into the 21st century in a prose poem. We'll read a modern poetic form created by Dorianne Laux in which every line ends with a specific sound, say an S or L sound. One line may finish on "llama," the next on "waterfall" or "troll," allowing your poem to unfold into a unique narrative. In opportunities to write new, vibrant variations, spontaneous delights may spring from the wild mind to write a wilder poem in a cascade of aha! moments. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 12.

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Section Title
Poetry: Writing the Wild Mind
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Apr 26, 2022 to May 24, 2022
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Classroom - In Person  
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Please note: Participants will send their work to the instructor and must have access to a computer and printer. Weekly prompts and letters will be sent to students through the OLLI student portal.