In this class geared toward both new and seasoned poets, we'll examine the unique ways that poetic language is structured, both for sound as well as meaning. Focusing on the basics of formal poetry such a line and meter, we'll see how form can interact with the poet's imagination, becoming a partner with it. Then we'll consider free verse, finding ways to frame poems outside the classical forms, such as by syntax and metaphor. We'll learn from poets past and present about how form, hidden form, or lack of form, can affect the reader's emotional engagement with the poem. The final class will be focused particularly on the craft of revision.
Note: We are planning to hold this class in person at our headquarters, with a maximum of 6 students.
Julie Sumner is a writer who has worked as a critical care nurse, transplant coordinator, and massage therapist. She recently completed her MFA in poetry at Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in Fathom, The Englewood Review of Books, The Cresset, Juxtaprose, San Pedro River Review, Catalpa Magazine, and The Behemoth.
Julie is new to The Porch. Welcome!