Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? Writing Long or Linked Poems

Saturdays, Feb. 27 & March 5 // 4 PM - 7 PM

This two-session workshop is co-taught by poets Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read, Spokane’s Poet Laureate. In his narrative lyric “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T.S. Eliot sustains a singular voice through 140 lines and teaches us what it means to "disturb the universe." We’ll begin by looking at successful examples of linked or long poems, then we’ll lead you through a series of generative exercises meant to stretch your narrative, lyric, meditative, and dramatic powers and to produce a series of pieces that could work together as one long text or in concert as linked poems. We’ll then apply revision techniques that will enhance your language for sound and image, participate in workshop of each others' poems, and help you form a cohesive project. Expect a variety of reading/writing/revising/sharing rhythms and a spirit of collaborative play. $30 includes both sessions.