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When We Were Poets — with Brigid Yuknavitch—begins
June 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$350
BEGINS: June 6, 2021, runs for six weeks
WHERE: Online via WetInk, our rich interactive platform. This class runs in a weekly format and you go at your own pace. (Note the class is asynchronous; there is no live/Zoom component.)
LEADER: Brigid Yuknavitch
When We Were Poets
The body is its rhythms and experiences; language offers its structures for meaning. A child must become a poet on the way into the world and play in the body and words on the way to making sense. As children we were poets because words mattered in our bodies and were charged with meaning making as much as meaning.
This class, a kind of poetic language primer, plays in the choices the language itself gives us. Words, names, verbs, subjects, objects and lexicons organize our bodies and experience. Vocabulary offers possibilities. Grammar structures relationships. Naming wields power and transformation. When we were poets in childhood we had to learn to be understood. As poets beyond childhood we make our way back to that experience before learning and understanding, where play was how we engaged with language.
Honing in on the very structures of language and the poetry they generate carries wonder and can be revelatory in the revision process as well. This is a class for beginners and those who want to begin again. It is a class for playing with form so even if poetry isn’t your usual ground, you may learn about prose writing or other art forms as well.
Week One — Word
Week Two — Naming
Week Three — Being in Time
Week Four — Person
Week Five — Lexicon
Week Six — Body