(Arlington) Whole-Brain Poetry

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Your poetry can benefit from understanding more about how the brain is “wired for poetry” (as Frederick Turner has said). This goes beyond the well-known use of metaphor to explain scientific concepts to the general public. Through writing exercises, close examination of old and new poems, workshopping of participant poems, and brief reading assignments, we will examine the neurology and psychology of poetry, the relationship between time and memory, how science has influenced well-known poets, how poetry can both heal and prevent trauma, and more. Readings include essays by Frederick Turner, Ernst Poppel, Frederick Feirstein, and Virginia Smith.

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.


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