10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Unlocking the Very Brief Poem, East and West
The very brief poem is ideal for those who want to capture essences, or the immediate flavor of some moment of living or flash of insight. It is the poem of instant immersion in one's subject, with no preamble and no sequel. It can also be the poem of piquant observation of life's little ironies. It also has sometimes been employed as a conveyor of aphorism or wisdom.
In this class, we'll explore all of these aspects of the very brief poem and more, beginning with the masters of Japanese forms such as the haiku and tanka and following their influence into the Western poetry of the past hundred years, especially prominent in the Imagists of the early twentieth century. We'll consider the intricacies of bringing these forms into contemporary American language while looking at a range of international poets who've adapted the very brief poem to their personal styles.
This wide-ranging class will include great Eastern poets like Issa and Basho as well as Western poets as diverse as Jane Hirshfield and Ezra Pound. Writing exercises will feature forms both Eastern and Western, including renga (linked verse) and the cinquain.
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