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Poetry of Place

All Levels. Richard Hugo reminds poets of the importance of identifying the “where” of a poem. We will explore ways to bond our imagination with the real and imagined landscapes of Washington. There are many ways, of course, that we can think about “place.” Perhaps specific flora and fauna conjure place for us. Perhaps titles of towns and neighborhoods or geological phenomena do the same. Perhaps people—individuals or groups—make a “where” vivid in our minds. Using a controlled range of diction and some parameters regarding line and sound texture, we will gather as a supportive community to draft a poem that we might consider submitting to Washington 129 (an anthology project) and that could reveal something about where and who we are.

This class is free, but requires registration.

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: Tod Marshall

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 01/07/2017

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 1

Maximum Class Size: 30

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Tod Marshall

Tod Marshall is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Bugle (Canarium Books), winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award. He teaches at Gonzaga University, and he is serving from 2016-18 as Washington State Poet Laureate.

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