ClassSense of Adventure: The Sky Rains Diamonds—Crafting Poetry from Nature and Space Documentaries
This class is offered as part of the Loft's Sense of Adventure theme.
From the whale fall at the deep sea’s abyssal zones to the outer reaches of Neptune, where the sky rains diamonds—our known universe is made up of intricate lifeforms, complex ecosystems, celestial bodies, and vast expanses of silence. In this class, we will generate poetry using nature and space documentaries including selections from Blue Planet, The Planets, and Planet Earth. Writers will leave this class with drafts of 3 new poems from in-class writing exercises based on scenes from these films, and will have a framework for considering nature and space documentaries as future ekphrastic material.
This class will expand your sense of lyrical and conceptual adventure without leaving the comfort of your home. We will consider themes of wildness, wonder, and “the cosmic” in our own writing practices and read works by poets Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, dg nanouk okpik, Natalie Diaz, and Camille Dungy. Writers will do a good amount of in-class writing in this class and will have ample time to workshop one poem. Class will be a combination of in-class writing time, reading and discussion, and workshopping.
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