Introduction to Poetry

Instructor: Brooke Beloso, PhD

Ages: 12-18, Adult

Course Cost:

Payment Options: Check 

If Check Payable To: Brooke Beloso

Course Description:

Introduction to Poetry

In this class, we will explore spoken word poetry, the written poem, and poetry as social commentary.

Reading and watching famous examples of the following types of poems—slam poetry, sonnets, sestinas, haiku, villanelles, pantoums, ghazals, rondeaux, odes, acrostics, found poems, elegies—we will explore the relevance of poetry to our own lives in the here and now. Authors will include Staceyann Chin, Michelle Tea, Sharon Olds, Audre Lorde, Paul Monette, Marilyn Hacker, Maya Angelou, Jamaica Osorio, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Rumi, June Jordan, and more.

Because poetry is not a spectator sport, we will also try our hands—and our voices—at creating original poems!

As a final project, we will create a class zine to share with the LOL Co-Op.