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Sonic Logic: Rhythm, Repetition & Music in Poetry

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Tuesdays, 4 weeks
Mar 26
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Apr 16
6:00 - 8:00PM CT
INSTRUCTOR:
Lauren Turner
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Online via Zoom
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243
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How does a poem's sound impact its meaning? How can alliteration, rhyme, and rhythm mirror or juxtapose a poem's content? We often talk about observation and image in poems, but in this class we'll focus on the sounds of a poem and how they can function almost as a musical score might — charting meanings + silences. In our time together, we'll let our ears lead us in exploring the work of contemporary poets like Diana Khoi Nguyen, Chen Chen, and Tyehimba Jess. We'll also look to music and sound studies for some inspiration in our conversations, including the work of composer John Cage. We'll try out poetic forms like the ghazal and the anagram and think about the act of listening as a starting point for creativity.

“Do something with the sound like it’s your friend.” —Fred Moten, The Little Edges

Lauren Turner is a writer and musician (Lou Turner, Styrofoam Winos) in Nashville, TN. She is an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at Randolph College and the author of Shape Note Singing (2021), her debut chapbook from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Turner was recently named a finalist for the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry and is the current recipient of a writing residency from The Cabins, where she will work on her first full-length collection of poems. Her latest record Microcosmos is out now via SPINSTER and its title track is featured on playlists from Pitchfork, NPR, and Uncut Magazine.

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