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The Practice of Poetry (Online)


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This online course offers an inspiring and practical exploration of the idea that an enduring practice will bring fulfillment in a way that completing individual poems rarely can.

Together, we'll read, write, discuss, and explore what such an approach to poetry would look and feel like. In our month together, we'll trace the life of a poem, from its beginning gestures, on through difficulty, arriving at revision, and at each stage of the process we'll gather strategies for how to be resilient writers who value even the work that doesn't necessarily result in a successful poem.

This course will teach you how to become more flexible in your creative process, and how to enjoy the practice as much as any outcome. While you will have the opportunity to share some of your work in progress, and receive feedback from me, most of your writing will be done out of view of others. We will cultivate our secret life, as poets, and by the end, the process will feel more pleasurable, even sustainable.

Our online classroom will be a lively laboratory where all abilities are welcome and respected. Open to poets and aspiring poets alike.

This course is offered through Interlochen College of Creative Arts.

Register now.