For this class we will be reading and looking at and thinking about a handful of poetic or poetical things (broadly defined!), and we will then generate all kinds of exercises by which we generate all kinds of poetical or poetical things (even more broadly defined!). Expect to make poems, drawings, puppets, operas, maps, maybe choreographed stuff and whatever else we come up with that will be fun, surprising, and beautiful and share-y too.
Note: This is the virtual option for the class. If you would like to attend in person, register here.
Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding, winner of the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. In addition to his poetry, Ross has released three collections of essays—The Book of Delights was released in 2019 and was a New York Times bestseller; Inciting Joy was released in 2022, and his newest collection, The Book of (More) Delights was released in September of 2023.
Ross is new to The Porch. Welcome!