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Meditative Expectancy: Poetry as Daily Practice

Intermediate | How do we change when we write every day? How do we train the mind to make associations more quickly, to render our subjectivity into language with greater ease and fluidity? In this class, we will come together each week after having completed a series of exercises meant to deepen our connection to lyrical and heightened language and to our reading life. While the workshop portion of the class will be comprised of traditional group discussion and critique, there will be a weekly craft talk and assignment meant to provide ongoing strategies for getting poems started and keeping them going through a defined, rigorous daily writing practice.

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Instructor: Mark Wunderlich

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Start Date: 03/02/2021

End Date: 03/23/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$216.00 Member Price:
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Mark Wunderlich

Mark Wunderlich's most recent book, God of Nothingness will be published by Graywolf Press in 2021. His other books include The Earth Avails, which received the Rilke Prize, Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage which received the Lambda Literary Award. He has published poems in the Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, and his work has been widely anthologized. He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Amy Lowell Trust, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program and the Fine Arts Work Center, and elsewhere. He is the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars graduate writing program and has served on the Bennington College literature faculty since 2003. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley near the village of Catskill. More information can be found at

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