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Pulitzer Prize-winning Neruda wrote odes to socks and artichokes. William Carlos Williams penned the infamous “The Red Wheelbarrow,” regarding not much more than a wheelbarrow and some chickens. Can we make our everyday lives into poems that surprise and delight? Can we celebrate the ordinary, allowing the small particulars we encounter infiltrate our poems? In this workshop, we will explore poets who have done just this. We will use their works as prompts to create our own songs of praise for the mundane details of our lives.
This is a beginner level class.
Lauren Davis is the author of the chapbook Each Wild Thing’s Consent (Poetry Wolf Press). She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and her poetry and essays can be found in publications such as Prairie Schooner, Spillway, Empty Mirror, and Lunch Ticket. Davis teaches at The Writers’ Workshoppe in Port Townsend, WA, and she works as an editor at The Tishman Review.