Salty Spring Poets Club

$68 Members | $85 Non-Members. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Sign up at any time!

Dates: March: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th | April: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th | May: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

"Poetry is language at its most distilled and powerful." -Rita Dove

In this first four-week installment of Salty Spring Poets Club, we will pour language into classical poetic forms. What can forms like the sonnet and haiku teach us about calibrating language with power and intentionality? How does the prose poem emerge as a tool for breaking the rules and sequencing images? Each session, we will investigate a handful of poems written by contemporary poets and write our own poems in conversation with form and immediate environment.

Using the Everson’s permanent collection and rotating exhibitions, we will write in response to visual artworks relevant to our desires and interests. Sessions will prioritize generative writing and supportive, encouraging feedback. At the end of the month, we will perform for our loved ones and peers, coming away with a portfolio of four or more carefully crafted poems.

Instructor Bio: Misha Tentser is the Arizona-born son of Ukrainian immigrants. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Sonora Review,, and North American Review, where his poem "Half Kaddish" was a finalist for the 2023 James Hearst Poetry Prize. Misha is a community educator, translator, MFA candidate in Poetry at Syracuse University, and the author of the chapbook Born in the Wrong Desert (Mouthfeel Press, 2023).

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