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Poetry and the Senses

This course will travel as far as your senses can take you. Through writing exercises, you will generate a new poem each week guided by your ears, nose, eyes, taste buds, and skin, as well as exploration of the mysterious sixth sense. Let the old air in a bicycle tire take you into the past. We will read poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, Natasha Tretheway, Hayden Carruth, Theodore Roethke, and Jorie Graham, as well as essays by Marianne Boruch to inspire new work. Expect to leave the class with three to five new poems, fresh perspectives on your senses, and and a new understanding of the depth to which the study of poetry can shed light on existence.

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.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

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: 02/02/2015

No Class On: 02/16/2015

End Date: 03/16/2015

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$245.00 General Price:

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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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