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Sundays, Feb 7 - Feb 7
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Class meets weekly: 4 sessions
Genre: Poetry 
  • Winter/Spring 2021
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Room: Zoom Room 1


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The Poem as Museum of Discovery and Surprise

What do you do after you learn that an orca whale mourned her dead calf for 17 days before letting it go; or that in the wild, gorillas make up little songs to themselves as they eat? What do you do when you learn there is a whole museum dedicated to hairballs; or that the family operating Doumar’s Drive-through in Norfolk thought up the waffle cone, which made its debut in the 1904 World’s Fair where humans from other cultures were on live exhibit, alongside the latest inventions?

As poets, we feel more or less comfortable with certain core themes that continue to inform our writing. But as we write toward our subjects, occasionally, rabbit holes appear–to take us farther afield or somewhere we might not have wound up. Taking these detours, we might find shiny, intriguing, or unusual bits of information that beg to be turned into poems, or at least promise to widen and enrich the possibilities for them.

In this workshop, we’ll cull from history, mythology, or even science to make such intentional detours to see how experience and research, lyric and document, can walk with each other in our poems.

Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

  • February 7

The MuseTeacher: Luisa A. Igloria

Prerequisite: Open to: poets with some workshop experience