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That Swing

The music of a poem can augment the meaning to such a large extent that the sound and sense become synonymous. We will look at the measured lines in Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s “Heavenly Questions,” Theodore Roethke’s “Praise to the End,” and Gwendolyn Brooks’s “The Bean Eaters.” While closely reading and discussing the work of these supremely distinctive singers, students will be asked to write in their styles. We will look to create a new piece of poetry?either a draft or finished work?each week. The books required will be “Heavenly Questions,” “The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke,” and “The Selected Poems of Gwendolyn Brooks,” each available in paperback.

This class takes place at The Good Shepherd Center, Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

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Instructor: J.W. Marshall

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 07/07/2015

End Date: 08/11/2015

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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J.W. Marshall

J.W. Marshall founded and ran Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Seattle, from 1995 until 2016. His poetry has appeared most recently in the webzine A Dozen Nothing and in Poetry Northwest and Hubbub. Seattle Review of Books published his appreciation of the poet Lucia Perillo. His collection, Meaning a Cloud, won the Field Poetry Prize and his chapbook, Blue Mouth, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Seattle University. He is the publisher of letterset broadsides for Function Press and letterset chapbooks for Cash Machine.

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