Poetry 101: How Poems Show Us Ourselves

Poetry 101: How Poems Show Us Ourselves

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Great fiction has the amazing ability to transport us, building our knowledge and empathy as we go. Poetry—should you decide to eschew the fear and embrace it!—transports us, too…but it brings us more deeply into our own worlds and experiences. In this fun, low-pressure and engaging drop-in group for poetry beginners, we’ll demystify and celebrate poetry. Together, we’ll learn that poetry isn’t always the difficult and inaccessible medium many fear, discovering the joy and catharsis these works were always meant to inspire. We’ll allow these poems to bring us comfort, meaning and release during this incredibly difficult time. We’ll read mostly contemporary poetry, and a few classics, too (to remind us that the poems we learned in school are perhaps more relatable than we thought!). The poetry packet, representing a wide array of voices and circumstances, has something for everyone; even the absolute poetry novice. All are welcome!


Thursday, June 11

10:30am – 12pm

The safety and comfort of your own home.

$20, which includes a poetry packet especially designed for this course.


Jessica Piazza is the author of three poetry collections, and a children’s book. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a professor of writing at the University of Southern California and a book club facilitator for Literary Affairs. Jessica co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, and is the 2019 recipient of the Amy Clampitt residency award. Her poems have recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Smartish Pace, Baltimore Review and 32 Poems.