Course Description

IN PERSON: “I feel wholeheartedly that poetry isn’t going to stop the climate crisis and poetry is not going to save the world,” says Ada Limon, current poet laureate of the U.S. “But it has the potential to ground us again in what it is to feel fully human.” With that idea in mind, this course will focus on the voices of three award-winning contemporary female poets. Class sessions will be forums in which students critique and discuss their observations and opinions: Do these poems touch our hearts? Reflect our lives and concerns? What do we gain by reading recently published work? Topics include relationships with parents and significant others, childlessness, body image, health, grief and discrimination. We'll also consider how a poem’s form and topic work together to create art. While reading each collection is recommended, we will focus on selected poems when we meet. The course is designed for both literature lovers and practicing poets. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 20.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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A Study of Three Female Poets
Classroom - In Person
9:00AM to 10:30AM
May 02, 2023 to Jun 06, 2023
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Please note: The selected poets are recipients of or finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

Required reading:
Ada Limon, "The Carrying: Poems" (9781571315137)
Diane Seuss, "frank: sonnets" (9781644450451)
Victoria Chang, "Obit" (9781556595745)

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