ClassNight Writer: Poems from the Darkness
How many great works have arrived on the margins of the day, in stolen moments after work, or in the middle of the night, when inspiration can strike somewhere between sleep and dreaming? In this class, we'll be inspired by broad explorations of themes well known to poets: the moon, night life, insomnia, dreams, and more. We'll read one or two model poems a week by Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Maxine Scates, Joy Harjo, Chen Chen, Mark Doty, Ruth Awad, Brenda Hillman, John Gould Fletcher, and more, along with a few supplemental readings/listening/watching links, all circling different aspects of night. We’ll have optional weekly hour-long chat check-ins, and you’ll receive opportunities to share work written from the prompts on the weekly discussion boards for light feedback and encouragement. By then end of class, you'll have several fresh drafts, along with new writing strategies to use before bedtime, in the middle of the night, or when sleep eludes. Live chats will be scheduled with students.