The Dialogue of Poetry with Richard Silberg (6/20 – 7/18)
Instructor: Richard Silberg
Number of sessions: 4
Meeting time: Wednesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: 6/20 – 7/18 (no class 7/4)
Course fee: $250 for the session. $100 deposit.
To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.
Description: Writing Poetry is nourished by reading and hearing poetry. We write alone, but poets are also like wolves or birds calling back and forth to each other. We’ll study four poets, Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder, Ariana Reines, and Jack Gilbert in a class reader, and use the Poetry Flash calendar to find the best Bay Area readings so we can go and hear them in the flesh and spirit. We’ll walk all the roads to poetry, and we’ll capitalize on that energy in workshop to help each other make our work the best it can be. I don’t use writing exercises—I think poetry should be real for us, come out of our real lives and real dreams—but I can give writing exercises to you if you need them. The first part of each class will be a discussion of our poet for the week; in the rest of each class we will workshop your poems, sounding them out, thinking about them openly, constructively, usefully.
Instructor Bio: Richard Silberg, M.A., Associate Editor of Poetry Flash, is host of the Poetry Flash reading series. His newest poetry collection is Deconstruction of the Blues, which received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. The Horses, New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming (Red Hen Press, 2012). His co-translation of Korean poet Ko Un, The Three Way Tavern: Selected Poems (University of California Press), received a Northern California Book Award for Translation. He is also author of Doubleness (Heyday), and a collection of his Poetry Flash essays, Reading the Sphere: A Geography of Contemporary American Poetry, among other titles. Robert Hass said of Reading the Sphere: “No one is writing about poetry with more vividness, particularity, intelligence, and range, than Richard Silberg. What a pleasure to have a book of his essays.” Richard Silberg taught “Writing and Appreciating Contemporary Poetry” at UC Berkeley Extension for over twenty years.