Join Marion and Barbara to discuss these celebrated books by three masters of modern poetry.

We will begin with The Lives of the Heart by Jane Hirshfield, a lyric collection that examines how the heart – human and creaturely – attends to and engages with the world. We’ll then move to The Branch Will Not Break by beloved Ohio poet, James Wright, whose detailed images of the natural world connect with one’s inner world, capturing both the light and the darkness in both. We’ll end with Jane Kenyon’s The Boat of Quiet Hours, a collection of personal poems grounded in place and time: the turning of the seasons in a rural New England landscape.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry, we invite you to an open and welcoming discussion. In each session we offer generative writing prompts based on our reading


Details: Reading Contemporary Poetry - June 2024 takes place Tuesdays June 11, June 25, and July 9 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom.

: Poetry

Level: All experience levels welcome.

Format: Literary analysis and discussion with generative writing outside of class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 15 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative poetry workshop.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 15.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
Tuesday, July 9, 2024
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
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Marion Starling Boyer

Marion Starling Boyer is a professor emerita of Communication and has published six poetry collections.

Barbara Sabol

Barbara Sabol’s third full-length collection is WATERMARK: Poems of the Johnstown Flood of 1889 (Alternating Current Press, 2023.) She is the associate editor of Sheila-Na-Gig online, and edited the anthology, Sharing This Delicate Bread: Selections from Sheila-Na-Gig online (2022.) Her honors include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Barbara earned an MFA from Spalding University.

This class takes place online via Zoom

Cleveland, OH

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