ONLINE CLASS: Spring Poetry Circle Conversation Pieces (2252)

Two Tuesdays: April 12 and 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT

$80 Per Person (10% off for members)


Join us this spring for our third and final remote series about Conversation Pieces, poems from a volume of the same name (Kurt Brown and Harold Schechter, editors, 2007) that speak to each other across cultures and centuries. You do not need to have taken either of the two previous sessions to enjoy this one.  In keeping with lighter and longer days, most of the poems we’ll discuss are humorous, are about romance, or are humorous about sex and romance. Why not? We could all use a break.

These poems “answer, argue with, update, elaborate upon, mock, interrogate or pay tribute to other poems.” Many of these replies to the original poems cast surprising new light on their antecedents. We’re used to thinking of lyric poetry as an intimate conversation between writer and reader, but a poem is also a public contribution to an ongoing conversation. Most of all, these dialogs are great fun, and it is enormously engaging to read poems that talk to each other.

We’ll read poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Larkin, Yannos Ritsos, Robert Hayden, Matthew Arnold, and Pablo Neruda, among others, and the contemporary poets who responded to them through poetry. The original poems are all classics and the replies are remarkably cheeky. Great fun!

As the book is out of print, the instructor will provide and send the poems to registrants.

Two Tuesdays: April 12 and 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Instrucutor will provide poems for discussion and send a Word doc to registrants.

Gigi Bradford is the former Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts and the present Chair of the Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry Board. She has been teaching the Poetry Circle at Politics and Prose since 2006.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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