Poetry Workshop Spring 2015: Reading & Writing Through Mayer’s Sonnets

Mayers SonnetsReading and Writing through Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets:
A Poetry Workshop from April 26 to June 21, 2015
(Cyberspace and Toronto, ON)

In this workshop, we will study Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets; our engagement will generate strategies for the writing we enact.

To inquire about becoming a virtual or in-person student, please contact me at hn2626@gmail.com. I will gladly send you a sample and answer any questions.

The workshop is one 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 material, the span of pages to read, observations of what is happening in the text, and inventive writing prompts.

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

All students may keep abreast of the material via weekly written materials regardless of whether virtual or in-person and unable to attend the class in real time. There is also a podcast recording of the in-person class shared via a Google Drive folder and an optional Google video call feature.

More Details on the Workshop:
Both in-person and virtual students have found that the workshop’s weekly engagement has generated poems, lead to revision of older work, given new understanding to poetics, and triggered the reworking of dusty manuscripts.

Attendance is in cyberspace (weekly write-ups, podcasts, and opportunities to listen in via video call) or, for Toronto poets, in my home near Chester Station. Meeting time for in-person attendance is 4 PM to 6 PM.

No class on May 17.

Required text:
Sonnets: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition, Bernadette Mayer, Tender Buttons Press

Suggested text:

Please Add This To The List: Teaching Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets, Various, Tender Buttons Press

History of the Workshop, Cost and How to Join:
I have been leading poetry workshops like this one for 16 years. The focus is poetics, transmission, absorption and enacting. Previous workshops have engaged the poetry of Dickinson, Stein, Niedecker, Olson, Creeley, Ted Berrigan, Notley, Whalen, Kyger, Schuyler, and more. An essay on the class is included in the anthology Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa, 2010).

Please write to me at hn2626@gmail.com to inquire about enrollment. Tuition guarantees your seat.

If you are in Toronto, please don’t delay—seats are limited.

Cost for this 8 session series is a $90 tuition donation. Please inquire about payment forms. PayPal or interac payments should be sent to possumego@gmail.com.



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