How do long poems get written? Think of a long poem as a nest. Like an oriole, which uses whatever material is available, such as long grasses, twine, doghair. A nest poem can consist of many shorter strands that are associated through a common "theme" through images, references, motifs. For example, one component may be a short narrative, another may be an extended metaphor; another may be a ‘found poem,’ another may be a haiku, another may be a short prose paragraph…there are countless possibilities. In the first six sessions, we'll read a selection of a specific component forms from model nest poems to inspire, experiment with that form in your notebooks, and share and discuss your efforts. In the last two sessions, each participant will share their "nest' draft that each session has accumulated.
NOTE: There will be no class session on Memorial Day--Monday, May 29. The final class session will take place on Monday, June 5.
Format: Craft and generative workshop with writing outside of class and peer feedback.
Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.
Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).
Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative nonfiction workshop, a feedback course, or a publishing course.
Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.
Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email email@example.com.
Philip Terman’s most recent collections of poems are This Crazy Devotion (Broadstone)and Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House), and a co-translation (with the Syrian writer Saleh Razzouk), Tango Below a Narrow Ceiling: The Poems of Riad Saleh Hussein (Bitter Oleander).