Poetry and the Imaginary Landscape

Regular $70.00
Member $63.00
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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How do we express conventional emotions with language in new and imaginative ways, especially in our poetry? In this class, we’ll examine the relationship between similes, metaphors, personification, and syntax, learning how to make certain lyrical moves within our own narratives in order to achieve those transcendent moments that make great poems memorable.

After deep-diving into the imagination quadrant of Gregory Orr’s poetic framework, we will read and discuss the work of Tracy K. Smith, Kim Addonizio, Dorianne Laux, Danez Smith, Ruth Awad, Bruce Snider, Brian Barker, and Ocean Vuong, among others. We will dissect the lyrical devices and apply them to our own work by invoking figurative connections to the unexpected use of like objects and emotions as well as landscapes. A reading packet of poems will be provided before class begins. A prior reading of the poems is not required, as we will read and discuss them in class; a good portion of class time will be dedicated to generative writing. 

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.