This posting is different from the others you’ve seen here. I want to say a little about my own private teaching, the various reading and writing possibilities I’ve grouped under the heading Word Music. Some of you have already seen a flyer for this, and I apologize for the overlap. I hope you’ll read it over, and that you’ll pass it on to friends who might be interested, and also to any mailing lists you have of those interested in poetry.
Teaching has been at the center of my life, along with writing poetry, since I first taught an undergraduate literature class as a teaching assistant. The conversations I have with students are a chance to think aloud about poetry–teaching feeds my own writing rather than competing with it. As many of you know, I currently teach in the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, which I love. But I started this blog exactly so I could have even more conversations than the ones I have there. Sometimes a few of you talk to me–there were more responses to Poems of Despair than any other topics. But there were only three brief ones to Black Lives in Poetry, something I really hoped to discuss more.
Writing these blog posts turns out to be a lot like giving a reading on zoom–I hope someone is out there listening, but it’s impossible to know. I’m continuing the posts because I really enjoy putting them together, and there’s always something on my mind. But I’m hoping to have more small Poetry Conversations through private teaching: reading poetry, writing it, working on manuscripts.
Let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or would like to sign up for something.