7:00pm, $Give What You Can
In times of upheaval, some people might doubt the importance of writing poetry. In her book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2017), Jane Hirshfield responds to that doubt, powerfully demonstrating some of the ways in which poems can indeed transform the world. A workshop for both readers and writers, this four-session course will offer guidance to those who want to learn how to read poetry more deeply as well as to those seeking strategies for generating or revising poems. Through a consideration of chapters four, five, and six of Hirschfield’s book, the class will explore three of her key arguments: how the “hidden” aspect of metaphor can surprise both writer and reader; how poetry is based upon “uncertainty”—both knowing and not-knowing; and how many good poems have “window moments” in which the writer’s/reader’s gaze turns out to a much broader view before returning to the original vision, transforming it in the process.
Sundays, February 2-23 | 1:00-2:30 PM — $100 General | $90 Members
KATHLEEN A. DALE's works include one full-length book of poetry, three chapbooks, and a memoir/autobiography published in 2019. Her poetry has won numerous awards and has appeared in many journals and anthologies. She has taught returning adult students at both UWM and Marquette University as well as high school students and children. Recently she taught poetry to returning veterans as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities project. For the past seven years, she has mentored working poets as they revise drafts and seek to publish their work.