We will examine the many choices poets make–such as what to write about, how to begin, whether a poem should be personal or impersonal, formal or informal, broad or narrow in scope, should it rhyme? what about meter? –and how these decisions relate to the structure of the poem. We will also look at how best to use the basic tools of poetry, such as the poetic line, stanza and rhythm. Purpose of the class: encouraging people to realize and expand their creative potential, whether they have been writing poetry for years or have just recently decided to try it out. Course Methodology: participants will write and submit one poem each week. I will suggest some subjects and structures, but each person will have the right to select their own. Some of the poems we write will be distributed to the other participants for discussion during class in the following week; the group will work with the writer to identify what works and will suggest ways in which the poem might be improved. We will improve your writing, regardless of your experience or initial skill level.
INSTRUCTOR: DAVID STARR
THURSDAYS, 6:30 – 8 PM • APRIL 4 – MAY 9 • $65
NORTH CENTER, LINCOLN CITY