in mid-ish late january, my traveling poetry class met at the new dunkin' donuts in phoenixville near rapps dam road, reading through and discussing the richly-filled writing of anne michaels, a canadian poet. her poems have a stirring resonance and warmth which all four of us welcomed on a sunday afternoon during the season of chilly months. i particularly loved my students' poems this round, shared in the later part of class. you can see some scenes of their throwings and line breaks in the second and fourth eye-scenes below. (the third photograph is a wordless poem, shh.)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
traveling poetry classes in february 2018 at the other farm & forge & mario's pizza focusing on memoir & amiri baraka poems.
february's traveling poetry classes will focus on memoir poems as their own approach and the works of amiri baraka who was recommended by one of my students. baraka died in 2014 and is from newark, new jersey.
any topics of creative writing are welcome for sharing and workshopping during class by those who attend, but we have inspirational topics as prompt ideas, too. please bring a few copies to share with other students, if you can, for anything you write and want to practice reading as well as discussing. but just having your original copy to read from is okay, if that's easier for the writer.
during the first class of the month, we'll meet at the other farm & forge (formerly called the other farm brewing company) in boyertown. the second class will be at our recent once-a-month hangout of mario's pizza in boyertown.
when: sunday, february 4 @ 1 p.m. & sunday, february 18 at @1 p.m.
(IMPORTANT: the february 18 class is canceled due to weather; we'll focus on amiri baraka's poetry likely in march)
where: for february 4, the other farm & forge (formerly called the other farm brewing company) at 128 east philadelphia avenue, boyertown, pa 19512; for february 18, mario's pizza is at 159 south reading avenue, boyertown, pa 19512
optional themes of focus:
sunday, february 4–memoir poems
sunday, february 18–amiri baraka poems
cost: $20 per student, per class (we usually meet for 2 hours or more)
if we ever have oddly inconvenient weather around the time of classes, i will update those who RSVPed to classes in advance to let them know if we are canceling, rescheduling, or relocating.
if you have any questions, feel free to reach out via poetrywithjenniferhetrick at yahoo dot com.
and if you know anyone who may be interested in our class, feel free to share this blog content onward.
also, if there is anyone who may want to join our class but lives in another area across berks, chester, and montgomery counties, we sometimes travel to a good variety of different places, so let us know, and we can see about planning classes closer to you.
Monday, January 15, 2018
on the january 2018 episode of diversity: a wider vision hosted by dr. joseph amprey through bctv.org, john foster read dr. martin luther king, jr.'s "i have a dream speech" from august 28, 1963. foster is known for giving his own speeches around the region, and these memorized words in honor of today's celebration are laced with poetry and deeper significance which it seems we can't bring into conversation enough, even today. below is video footage, with foster's performance of dr. king's speech starting at 3 minutes and 40 seconds into the recording.
in the cold of early january, my traveling poetry class met at mario's pizza again like in december but this time for reading through robert frost poems and ones of different kinds of topics from my students. fittingly, a good chunk of the robert frost poems which we went over were about snow-thinking sorts of weather.
and i also recently wrote a hoagie haiku inspired by this restauant, along with food-talks stemming from our class, for the visit boyertown PA site. lots of inter-weaving lines across it all, yes.
here are some eye-scenes from our latest class amid pizza, hoagies, hoagies, and burgers.