The Game of Poetry
Children are told to eat their food, not play with it; but children need to play with words in order to feed their souls. Poetry helps us process and make sense of our experiences. The poetry toolbox contains both literary devices to hammer thoughts into shape, as well as a more mysterious element, an alchemy that changes sound and meaning into magic. In this workshop, students will see that approaching writing playfully has very serious results. Using ideas and techniques we encounter reading master poets such as Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, May Swenson and Wislawa Szymborska, students will approach writing inspired by language games, traditional forms, and imitation-of and response-to master poems. This workshop is designed both for reluctant writers looking to find joy in the subject, as well as avid writers who want to be challenged out of their comfort zones. Come out, come out, wherever you are and play!
Thursday 4:00pm - 6:00pm
01/11, 01/18, 01/25, 02/01, 02/08, 02/15, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15 (no class 02/22)
9 - 12
178 Bennett Avenue (189th street)