Support Porch programming and Nashville's literary community by becoming a member!
MORE INFO>

Lyrics and LOLs: Humor as Texture, Humor as Structure in Poetry

REGISTER >
SOLD OUT
IN PROGRESS
SATURDAY
Jul 23
-
Jul 23
2:00 - 5:00PM CST
INSTRUCTOR:
Nick Bush
LOCATION:
The Porch HQ, 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
$
68
FOR MEMBERS
$
75
FOR non-MEMBERS
Cancellation & Refund Policy >

In this three-hour course, we will discuss how humor manifests itself in poetry, examining joke structures and how they appear in stanza form. We will look at the work of artists like Billy Collins and Rudy Francisco and see how they use punctuation, expectation, and rhythm to create the irony we associate with jokes, even if they don’t produce out-loud laughter. Using humorous poems as prompts, we will explore our own ability to write poignantly or goofily—all with an eye toward entertaining and speaking to our audience.

Note: This class is scheduled to take place in person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 10 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.

Nick Bush is a writer, comic, and professor. He is part of a team that hosts and manages a Nashville area open mic and poetry series. His work has appeared in Mused, Literary Yard, Baseball Bard, and Five-Two Poetry. Find him on IG and Twitter @nickxbush.

What Our Students Say

Nick is new to The Porch. Welcome!

more classes

Tell Me a Little Story

Natalie Lima

Class DETAILS >

Create and Calm: Writing as a Mindfulness Practice

Melissa Jean

Class DETAILS >

Writing Personal Essays that Resonate

Christie Grotheim

Class DETAILS >