Long days, long poem class at Hugo House

Big tree against an early evening summer skyEvery year as we approach the solstice I want to spend as much time as possible outside–in the light, light, light!

And then I don’t. Part of that is because the cat and the husband are generally inside, and I want to be with them. But part of it is the weather, as in cold or rain or both.

But how about translating the long light into long poems? Plenty of time to unravel an idea (plenty of time rework it, to tighten or expand).

How do you write one of those 10-pagers you can submit to The Seattle Review?

The long way home: Writing long poems

One short month after the solstice, on July 21 we’ll be writing long poems in this class at Richard Hugo House. We’ll look at examples of long poems built out of sections or fragments–making a narrative by breaking it. We’ll explore long poems that seem to follow one rabbit down the hole back up or into the next town. And we’ll look at sequences–chewy, dense poems that stack up on themselves.

We’ll look at poems by Kimiko Hahn, Lynda Hull, Charles Wright, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, and more.

And we’ll write and write and write and write and, if you want, share your new poems.

To sign up or get more information, see the class page at hugohouse.org.