Experimenting with Voice and Form in Poetry

Open Seats


Regular $420.00
Member $378.00
January 25, 2021-April 12, 2021
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
12 Week
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This generative writing class will function as a survey of possibilities for your work. What’s of primary importance is developing the clarity and range of your voice, to use form as a little boat that will help us stay afloat upon the chaos of the ocean of our writing lives.

We’ll experiment with the necro-pastoral/ecopoetics, performance poetry, the linked sequence, polyvocality, documentary poetics, as well as more traditional inherited formal constraints such as the sonnet and pantoum. We'll be reading widely from packets of assembled poems, which the teaching artist will provide, including work from francine j. harris, Natalie Diaz, Patricia Smith, Muriel Rukeyser, Cameron Awkward-Rich, and many others.

The class itself will be half generative and discussion based and half workshopping the poems you'll be writing. Be prepared to write a poem a week and to be extraordinarily generous with each other’s work and time.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.