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“The bond between poetry and place has always been crucial to me,” says instructor Nate Klug. “Nowadays more than ever, when our environments are changing in rapid, complicated ways, we need poetry to remind us how to look at where we are.”
In this course, we will read and write poems that explore place in its different manifestations. We’ll examine the art’s affinities with nature writing, and talk about how modern poetry approaches the city. We will also delve into imaginary zones, places known only by memory and dream.
Lorine Niedecker, Li Po, and Frank O’Hara will be some of the examples we learn from in class. Outside of class, students will work on a new poem each week, from the notebook poem, to the haiku, to more organic responses to place. Drawing inspiration from the diversity of ecosystems here in the Bay Area, we will jump feet-first into creating our own environments of lines, words, and sounds.
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, April 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, April 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, April 26, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, May 3, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, May 10, 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.