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“It is an exciting and bewildering time for poetry,” says instructor Nate Klug. Poems no longer live and die on a stuffy white page. A new range of voices is presenting new spaces and new subjects to consider. For those of us just starting to write, or seeking inspiration for our developing practices, it can be useful to locate some pressure points in the recent evolution of the art.
In this five-week course, we will explore some of the innovations and pressing questions being asked by poets of our time, and each week we will respond with poems of our own. While covering topics such as poetry in performance, social justice and identity, and the role of social media, we'll discover a range of new possibilities for our own poetry. For guidance, we'll read poems by Ross Gay, Solmaz Sharif, and Jos Charles alongside older innovators like Adrienne Rich and George Oppen.
"Participants will come away with a wider appreciation for the variety of voices in contemporary poetry," says Nate, "and with a sharper sense for how their own work fits in to the tapestry."
Nate Klug earned a BA in English at the University of Chicago and a Masters from Yale Divinity School. He is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). His writing has been supported by the Poetry Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the James Merrill House. His poems, translations, and essays can be found in Poetry, Threepenny Review, Image, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry 2018, and elsewhere. A UCC-Congregationalist minister, Nate has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, and right here in California.
- Thursday, January 17, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, January 24, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, January 31, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, February 7, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, February 14, 7:00pm-9:30pm
I am very much a beginner poet and am pleased to say that after this class I definitely have felt some growth. Nate is a very thoughtful teacher. He responds genuinely to each student's work and fosters a supportive and constructive community, gently pushing us into domains we might have little experience in or are afraid of. Above all, I really appreciated the wisdom of Nate's relationship with poetry. I think perhaps in all art forms, there can be this mysterious beauty to the beast and I think he really cultivated that for us.