“THE PRAISE POEM” a 5-week writing workshop with JP Howard for Brooklyn Poets (winter/spring 2018) (March 15, 2018 to April 12, 2018) REGISTER HERE
“THE PRAISE POEM” with JP Howard for Brooklyn Poets (Meets for 5 weeks, Thursday evenings, 6-9pm, Brooklyn location, register via Brooklyn Poets website, limited spaces:
In this generative workshop, we will explore the praise poem, using weekly prompts to reimagine how to praise objects, people, emotions, art, poetry and of course ourselves. Questions explored as we work our way into these praise poems include: How is the personal political? How can we successfully weave our complicated pasts into these poems? What kind of poetic forms can we use to create praise poems? We will write a variety of praise poems, including narrative poems, memoir-themed political poems and some syllabic verse. Some authors whose work we’ll read and discuss include Elizabeth Alexander, Lucille Clifton, Martin Espada, Nate Marshall, Joy Harjo, Audre Lorde and Safia Sinclair.