Exploring the Possibilities of Poetry

Open Seats


Regular $210.00
Member $189.00
January 25, 2022 - March 1, 2022
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
6 Week
Poetry Rectangle

This class is open to anyone to join who wants to write more poetry or is curious about the evocative and emotional power of poetry. Our readings will focus on contemporary poets, with selections of poems from Ross Gay’s "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude," Ada Limón’s "The Carrying," Jake Skeets's "Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers," and many other contemporary writers. The above books will offer a few “gateway poems” that unlock our imagination into how poetic elements like imagery, metaphor, repetition, and rhythm can strengthen our writing as well as lift our spirits. Classes will be a mix of discussion, writing, and reflection. Students can expect the first 45 minutes of class to engage with these contemporary poets and their works, followed by a 20-minute writing prompt, followed by further discussion and reflection. As always, no one is required to share their written work, if that feels intimidating; however, everyone—whether new to poetry workshops or not—is welcome to experience the gift of letting your words be spoken and heard. A large portion of the last class will be reserved for questions about craft, publishing, resources for further reading, etc.

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.