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Joe Milazzo: How Not to Be Intimidated by Poetry

Instructor: Joe Milazzo
Tuition: Pay What You Can ($10 suggested donation - EVENTBRITE ONLY)
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In this workshop, we will work together to demystify the various ways in which poets — and poems — create an aesthetic experience via careful, imaginative manipulations of language. We will read aloud individual poems by a diverse array of poets and discuss the various elements of poetic expression and how those elements make meaning. We will concentrate especially on the sensual or perceptible rather than cerebral qualities of each poem. We will pay special attention to "seeing poetry": the poem's arrangement on the page. Finally, we will apply what we have gleaned from our collective reading to a series of short creative writing exercises designed to encourage further appreciation of poetic language as an artistic medium.

In an effort to make this workshop available to the widest possible audience, our instructor has volunteered to offer the class as a "pay what you can" event. In order to best honor our instructor's time and effort, a $10 donation is suggested.

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Joe Milazzo is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and two collections of poetry: The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books) and the forthcoming Of All Places In This Place Of All Places. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, curates the Other People’s Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. He has taught creative writing (multiple genres) at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Writing Workshops Dallas, and The Writer’s Garret. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, where he was born and raised.

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