ONLINE: After the initial rush of inspiration, the poet begins the work of crafting, honing the poem through the process of revision. Yet, sometimes, because the poet is so close to their creation, what can be optimized may not always be seen. In this course, we will read and discuss our poems together, focusing on the strengths of the poems and also how they may be improved through revision. Playing a part in this are the opening and closing lines of the poem, music, how the poem appears on the page, and the images and compressions that pack a poem with meaning and depth. We will develop strategies for revisions, ones you can apply on your own after the course. Crafting revisions, many poets find, can become a satisfying practice. Students will submit their poems a full day before the class; the instructor will gather the pieces in one document to send to the class. She will also provide short notes to each student, with suggestions for crafting their poems. | Facilitated discussion, Active Skill Learning.
Max enrollment: 12.
Jane Seitel is an expressive therapist, teacher and writer. She founded QuillsEdge Press, a press devoted to women over 50. She received her MFA in poetry from Drew University and has been widely published. She has taught over 20 literature and writing courses for OLLI.