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The Poetics of a People

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


We’ve moved online! All workshops will be conducted through Zoom, an interactive platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation in your workshops. You’ll receive an email with a Zoom link to your workshop 5pm the day before the workshop.

Member Price: $65
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Instructor: Robert Gibbons

Participants will begin with a close reading of poetry and the poetics of resistance. Participants read and evaluate the works of African-Americans reflecting imperatives of the Black experience including poetic voices of the forerunner and the Revolution: The Griot, Phyllis Wheatley, Lucy Terry, Frances E. W. Harper and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Also selected works from the Harlem Renaissance; Post Renaissance; the 40’s 50’s and 60’s; and the contemporary African-American poet. Participants will be able to learn poetic terminology and poetic analysis, generate summaries and response etiquette. The instructor may ask the participant to read scholarly critique to generate their own poems and responses.

Robert Gibbons is the author of Close to the Tree ( Three Rooms Press,2012) and Flight (Poets Wear Prada, 2019). A Literature Professor at the City College of New York, he is a Cave Canem Fellow and has received residencies from the Norman Mailer Foundation and the DISQUIET International Literary Program . His work has been published in over 30 literary magazines and in several notable anthologies. Recent publication credits include ExpoundPrometheanTurtle Island QuarterlyKiller Whale, and Suison Valley Review. He lives in Brooklyn and is active in the New York poetry scene. 


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The Poetics of a People
$ 75


October 31
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Virtual Classroom
NY United States


Event Date(s)
Saturday, October 31, 2020, 10 am - 12:30 pm
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