Reading and Writing thru H.D.’s Collected: A Poetry Workshop

Reading and Writing through H.D.’s Collected Poems: A Poetry Workshop
from January 22 to April 30, 201
7 (Cyberspace and Toronto, ON)hd-book-image

Limitless cyber-seats.
Toronto-based seats fill fast. Do not delay.

How else to write poetry? Read.

We spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points & prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of my own design.

Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Workshops for virtual students culminate with a one-on-one 20-minute consultation with me. For Toronto poets, it concludes with in-class reviews of mini-manuscripts as a community of poets.

All students receive weekly written materials regardless of whether virtual or in-person and unable to attend the class in real time.

There is an optional Google video call feature. A recording is shared via a Google Drive folder.

To inquire about becoming a virtual or in-person student, please contact me at I will gladly send you a sample and answer any questions.

Required text:
The Collected Poems 1912-1944 by H.D., New Directions, 1986

Suggested texts:
The H.D. Book, Robert Duncan, Frontier Press, 1984

More Details on the Workshop:
Both in-person and virtual students find this weekly engagement generates poems, provides insight on revisions of older work, gives new understanding to poetics, and inspires the reworking of dusty manuscripts.

Attendance occurs in cyberspace: weekly written materials include supplemental essays, images, sound files, links, and the like.

For Toronto poets that sign up time, we meet in my home near Chester Station from 4 PM to 6 PM.
Workshop will not meet the week of Feb. 12 or March 26.

History of the Workshop, Cost and How to Join:
I have led poetry workshops like this one for 18 years. See this link for an essay on the workshop as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. An essay on the class is included in the anthology Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa, 2010).

Please write to me at to inquire about enrollment. Tuition guarantees your seat.

Cost for this 13 session series is $190 USD*

This shared account is under my partner’s name (Dale Smith); funds do come to me.

Checks, cash, payment schedules, and Interac also accepted. Please inquire.

* Poets living and working in Canada may use CAD by toggling currency arrow.

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