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The Nobody Kosmos: Dickinson & Whitman
Two of our American originals—the mystical inward-looking Dickinson and the just as mystical peripatetic Whitman--were contemporaries in the late 19th century. Joyce Carol Oates wrote: “[The two poets] have come to represent the extreme, idiosyncratic poles of the American psyche: the intensely inward, private, elliptical and “mystical” (Dickinson); and the robustly outward-looking, public, rhapsodic and “mystical” (Whitman). One declared: “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” The other declared: “Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos”…
What new moves can we borrow from these masters? How can we nerve & muscle our poetry with their techniques?
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I've spent three memorable afternoons learning and writing in Amy Pence's Sanctuary for Wild Words. Each time she's exposed me to contemporary poets I wasn't familiar with and invited me to write in forms I'd never explored before. She's an excellent teacher and a gentle critic.
–Kathleen Brewin Lewis
It’s rare to meet a poet who can talk about literature, not as a literary critic, but as a writer. Amy is not afraid to ask the big questions about poems that transcend the everyday world. She’s a gifted teacher!
- Christine Swint
Next Class: TBA
Soul at the White Heat
Emily Dickinson & Edgy Moves in Contemporary Poetry
We’ll discuss a few of Dickinson’s poems and analyze her edgy moves: how do they resonate now? What techniques can amp our work?
The Sanctuary for Wild Words
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(no refunds…make sure you can make it!)
I've spent three memorable afternoons learning and writing in Amy Pence's Sanctuary for Wild Words. Each time she's exposed me to contemporary poets I wasn't familiar with and invited me to write in forms I'd never explored before. She's an excellent teacher and a gentle critic. –Kathleen Brewin Lewis
Amy’s workshops have opened up a whole new realm of artistic possibilities for me. After just two Sanctuary Writers gatherings, I have generated several new poems that feel fresh and exciting. Amy gently encourages us to share our writing and offers us opportunities for experimentation and collaboration. Her writing prompts are points of departure that open doors for the writer to explore the creative process with freedom. -Christine Swint