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Saturdays, Jun 25 - Jul 30
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 weekly meetings; skipping July 2 & 16
Genre: Poetry 
  • Summer 2022
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  • Hybrid
Room: Classroom 2


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Atmospheres of History, Climates of Opinion

American poets have, since poems began to be published and preserved on this continent, wanted to speak for many, to many, about many. Yet, as Alexis de Tocqueville noted, American democracy is so varied, so, as Robert Pinsky would say, “polyglot,” that the poet’s specific images have always served individual vision better than large scale or mass communication. Now more American poets than ever try to write didactic poems. In this class, suitable for anyone who is already writing, we will look at poems which carry to the read an atmosphere of History–rather than an argument about it–and what Mark Strand calls “a climate of opinion,” as opposed to say, a declaration or presentation of one. By “climate” Strand means a complete communication in which the feeling or thoughts of the poet swirl among the energies, sounds and images in the poem, and permits readers to wander or dive in as they please.

Please note: This class or event is hybrid. Some attendees will be in-person and some will attend online. Currently, you do not have to show proof of vaccination to attend events or visit our center. But, proof of vaccination is required to attend an in-person class (ages 12 and older). Please read all our re-opening guidelines and important information before you visit, and be aware that there may be a limited number of seats available. If you are participating online (using Zoom or a similar live platform), students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.

  • June 25
  • July 9
  • July 23
  • July 30
No class:
  • July 2
  • July 16

The MuseTeacher: Tom Yuill

Prerequisite: Open to poets with workshop experience