The Craft of Poetry -- Poetry is Everywhere

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Taught by Robin White

Robin White is a writer and teacher of short fiction from the UK, now living in New York City. His short creative work has appeared in over two dozen publications, most recently including the likes of the venerable old Saturday Evening Post, Strangelet, and Bartleby Snopes, where his piece was one of 12 ‘Stories of the Month’ collected into their yearly print anthology. As a teacher, he has almost a decade’s worth of experience in explaining the craft, and technical fundamentals, of writing and submitting short fiction. He is immensely proud that the majority of his students have gone on to see their work professionally published.

Most recently he could be found as a slush reader on the staff of Syntax and Salt, a new magazine of Magical Realism based out of Lansing, Michigan.

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'The first poets didn't come out of a classroom. Poetry began when somebody walked off a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said 'ahh'.'

Poetry is everywhere. But as writers, as people, we look at it with suspicion. We're proud to write fiction, to write our personal stories, to read them, but we lose our grip on what the poem really is. 

For anyone who writes poetry, anyone who reads it, anyone who may want to write it, and anyone curious about the purest literary avenue into the human experience, this class is for you. We'll spend the morning reading and analyzing some wonderful pieces of contemporary poetry, as well as some of the classics. In the afternoon, there will be time to work on something of your own, to have it critiqued in class, and to learn a little about the practical nuts and bolts of having poetry published. 

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