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

We will begin with Present Company, by W.S. Merwin, a collection of meditative and perceptive odes to everyday objects and events, then move to Song, by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, a book of highly imaginative, haunting lyric poems that hold both a spiritual and magical quality. We’ll end with Stanley Kunitz’s Passing Through, which gathers the poet’s new and selected work―highly personal lyric and narrative poems that are by turns heartbreaking and celebratory.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry, we invite you to an open and welcoming conversation. Every session will offer several generative prompts based on the topics and poetic style exemplified by each of the three books.

Class Details

Details: Reading Contemporary Poetry - January 2024 takes place Tuesdays January 16, January 30, and February 13 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom.

Genre: 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 December 11.

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
1:00 pm
3:00 PM
Tuesday, February 13, 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 remotely online via Zoom

Cleveland, OH

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