We will listen to children’s stories read aloud and discuss myth and memory. We will read poems about childhood—Rilke, Rimbaud, and the moderns—and discuss ourselves, our sources, and the future. The urban childhood—rich or poor—the country childhood, and the suburban childhood in all its alienation: symbols and metaphors homegrown. We will listen to poems each person provides and think of them in relation to the subject of childhood: how it continues to influence our poetry and our lives.

Fanny Howe is the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry and prose, most recently Love and I. Howe taught literature at institutions across the country and is now Professor Emerita in Literature at the University of California at San Diego.
 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2 – 6PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 12 – 4PM


Our Master Classes run at Poets House. Accepted students must pay the full admission, $395, before the start of the class.


Please upload three poems in a single document by the designated deadline. No names or addresses should appear in the document itself.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 4

This workshop will focus on two themes. First, how we can begin significant poems by giving ourselves “permission”—that is, how we can open our writing processes to dynamic disorder in the confidence that we have the inherent power (let’s call it imagination) to order our disorder. Second, how we can work with those rich and distinctive powers of poetic language that enliven lyric poems: saying, singing, imagining, and naming.

Gregory Orr has taught at the University of Virginia since 1975, where he was the founder and first director of the MFA Program in Writing. He has authored 12 books of poetry including The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write, and more, including a poetic memoir on trauma, art, and healing, The Blessing.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2—6 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 12—4 PM


Our Master Classes run at Poets House. Accepted students must pay the full admission, $395, before the start of the class.


Please upload three poems in a single document by the designated deadline. No names or addresses should appear in the document itself.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 18

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