(Hill Center) Poetry Vs. Trauma

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Poetry has been used as a powerful tool both to heal old trauma and to prevent post-traumatic stress syndrome. We will explore the science behind this — including an essay by the late psychoanalyst-playwright-poet Frederick Feirstein — while also putting these methods to use in writing new poems. Guided by an internationally published and anthologized author of metrical poems, this workshop will include close attention to the musical qualities of poetry, readings, and discussion of time-honored poems, class writing exercises, and master-class-style workshopping of participants’ poems.

About Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary is the author of Humor Me (2006) and several chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019). Internationally published and anthologized, she is a three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her poems have recently appeared in American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, Antiphon, Chronicles, Light, Loch Raven Review, Mezzo Cammin, Poet Lore, The Rotary Dial, String Poet, and various anthologies including Villanelles (2012) and Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (2018). She is also a health science writer for vvaveteran.org. In 2019 she chaired a Poetry and Science panel at the West Chester University (Pa.) Poetry Conference. See pw.org/content/claudia_gary, @claudiagary.

Teaching Style: Claudia loves to see students have fun discovering something they never knew they could do. She starts with a close reading of good poems, then alternates among writing, reading, exercises, and so on, to keep the class session dynamic. There will be light but important homework assignments.


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