4X4CLT Poetry Master Class. Writing poetry grants us the freedom to pursue the illogical. But why would we want to? In this master class, we’ll look at poems by Amy Lowell, Sappho, Charles Wright, and others that use a swerve in diction or an outstanding image to instigate, complicate, or conclude poems. As we’ll see, the poetic non sequitur can reveal something deep or hidden. Because it isn’t expected, the non sequitur not only surprises but also, when well executed, delights and excites the reader. How do you craft a blurt that seems spontaneous? How can you court the illogical without upsetting the poem? After formulating some approaches to using the non sequitur as a poetic device and revision technique, we’ll engage in writing exercises designed to be pleasurable and generative.
This class is part of our 4X4CLT project, which also includes a quarterly poetry+art poster release party. See our event calendar for details about that event.