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Elements of Poetry

Mondays, 4 weeks
Oct 16
Nov 6
5:00 - 7:00 PM CT
AM Ringwalt
Online via Zoom
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In Elements of Poetry, we'll consider how form guides the reader's experience of space and time. We'll start with the unit of the line—where and how it breaks, what its organizing principles are, and how the poetic line both contains a message and propels the reader forward into the text.

As we read and discuss C. D. Wright's verse narrative Deepstep Come Shining—a text deeply rooted in the southern United States—and Aditi Machado's Now—a text that inhabits the present moment in all its playful and challenging spontaneity and philosophy—we'll develop new poems of our own that embody our singular experiences of space and time.

This 4-week course will cover basic poetry terminology, with room for nuance for those of all levels to develop their understandings of enjambment, white space, and stanza formation. Our first two weeks will center on reading, conversing, and drafting. Then, we'll pivot to a dynamic workshop where participants can share their works-in-progress and receive feedback.

AM Ringwalt is a writer and musician whose work appears in Jacket2, Music & Literature, and Black Warrior Review. Called "rich with emotion" by Pitchfork, "Summer Angel" is out now on Dear Life Records. "The Wheel," her hybrid memoir, was published by Spuyten Duyvil. "What Floods" is forthcoming from Inside the Castle.

What Our Students Say

"AM Ringwalt is a caring and attentive instructor, with a great eye for the type of poetry we want to write and we want to feel. It's a pleasure knowing her as a person and an even greater one studying with her as a teacher."

"AM Ringwalt really opened my eyes to the beauty of literature. The poem I wrote in her workshop really showed me how greatly I’m influenced by people and environment. I’m trying to learn how to write better and hearing AM quote some of my words really made me happy. Thanks for the encouraging words."

"I loved taking class with AM. She brought insight while at the same time acknowledged and valued the insights of classroom participants as equal to her own. The pacing of the class was great and it never dragged or rushes."

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