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Something to Make Your Whole Heart Flip: Making Poems Out of Imaginary Outings

“A poem is a glimpse/a poem is a glimmer/something that makes your whole soul shimmer/a poem is a taste/a poem is a sip/something to make your whole heart flip,” writes Douglas Florian.  If you enjoy putting your head in the clouds, and writing about what you find there, this class is for you! Each class will begin with a guided visualization (a chance to rest your eyes and travel to exciting places), followed by time to write and share. We might study an object up close through a very powerful telescope in our minds or find calm by visualizing clouds or listening to a seashell’s message. We’ll take magic carpet rides or go inside a stone, concentrating on everything we see, hear, smell and feel. We’ll free write about each experience and read inspiring texts to help us shape our words into poems that surprise and delight us.


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*Note – all classes are in Pacific Standard Time

Instructor: Samar Abulhassan

Grade: 5-8

Location: Online

Duration: 2 sessions

Start Date: 04/01/2021

End Date: 04/08/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm PDT

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.

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