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The Poetry Collection

If a poem is a mystery, then a collection of poetry is an enigmatic puzzle; a mystical weaving of associations, ideas, themes, images, and words. We’ll examine six contemporary, Pulitzer Prize–nominated poetry collections including Sharon Olds’s, Ted Kooser’s, and Tracy K. Smith’s, learning the organization of each book and what binds each collection together: beginnings and endings, the often–muddy middle, narrative arcs, and theme development, including universal vs. personal themes. We’ll organize a mini-collection of our own poems and, for the final class, workshop them lovingly and critically.

No class Nov. 26

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.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

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If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: JM Miller

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 10/29/2014

No Class On: 11/26/2014

End Date: 12/10/2014

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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JM Miller

Janie Elizabeth Miller is a poet & essayist whose work explores environmental imagination & activism. She is founder of the anthology Ground Swell, a developing, online public forum for literary environmental activism. She teaches poetics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her work has most recently been published in Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics, Tupelo Press (online), and Cimarron Review.

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