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Intro to Poetry: Poetry Calisthenics

We’ll stretch ourselves, focusing each week on a specific element of poetic craft. Within one poem—even within one line—poets create meaningful simultaneity using image, metaphor, music, sound, syntax, lineation, structure, and an engagement with the unsaid. We will investigate that simultaneity and work toward poetic coherence; that is, a sustained balance of these elements of poetic craft working together with imagination, experiences, and observations. Let’s get poetical. Just call me Coach Peñaloza.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 10/28/2015

No Class On: November 25

End Date: 12/09/2015

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Michelle Peñaloza

Michelle Peñaloza’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Review, the Asian American Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Hugo House, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. Peñaloza has been teaching since 2005.

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