Saturday May 18th
The Poetry of Common Sayings
In this two-hour workshop with Visiting Writer Amanda Auerbach, we will use common sayings as jumping-off points for our own poems.
By playing with idiomatic expressions, poets can break through common sense and create an opening for the more unexpected insights for which we go to poetry. In the words of Emily Dickinson, “And then a Plank in Reason, broke, / And I dropped down, and down, — / And hit a World at every plunge...” We will find inspiration in modern poets who use versions of common sayings to set up and then unsettle expectations.
All levels welcome.
Amanda Auerbach currently writes and teaches at the University of Iowa. Her first book of poems What Need Have We for Such as We is forthcoming from C&R Press in fall 2019. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions (online), Thrush Poetry Journal, and Poetry Northwest. In addition to writing poems, Amanda is also a scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, having earned her PhD in English from Harvard in 2018.
An ongoing free workshop series, Boulder Writes offers writers a place to discover their voice, explore new forms, and connect with other writers in a supportive community.
Note: We have space for 12 people in this workshop. To reserve your spot, please register with the link above—it’s free