MAY CLASS: POEMS OF THE CITY

Join poet Farrah Field for class and workshop at Berl’s!

“Though we wonder about,

find no honey of flowers in this waste,

is our task the less sweet—

who recall the old splendour,

await the new beauty of cities?”

--H.D., from “Cities”

 

In many of our classes at Berl’s those who have studied with me have joined me in taking note that one of the many things poetry can do is serve as a record, a collection. It can document. In this class we will read through/to/about the cities poets are documenting. How do poets address urban life? How does urban life sway diction and rhythm? Cities change—the people come and go, and move fast and are on the go, and buildings and landscape change quite often—how does rapid, slow, and constant change influence poetry? 

 

Class meets Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:30 

April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28

READING LIST:

ALIEN ABDUCTION by Lewis Warsh

HI-DENSITY POLITICS by Urayoán Noel

CITY OF THE FUTURE by Sesshu Foster

NATURE POEM by Tommy Pico

CINEMA OF THE PRESENT by Lisa Robertson

All five books are included with the cost of class, $300

 

Berl’s Poetry Shop

141 Front Street

DUMBO, Brooklyn

 

EVERY CLASS we will discuss assigned readings,

EVERY CLASS all attendees will workshop one poem,

and we will have a healthy snack!

 

Sign up soon!

THE MONEY CLASS WITH FARRAH FIELD

Sign up for poetry class & workshop at Berl’s!

During this five-week class, we will explore how poets address the issues of money, class, debt, materialism, work, and value. 

 

We will read and discuss the following books:

MATERIAL GIRL by Laura Jaramillo

COAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY by Mark Nowak

WOMEN, MONEY, CHILDREN, GHOSTS by Emily Bludworth de Barrios

SEMIAUTOMATIC by Evie Shockley

VALU-PLUS by Ryan Eckes

 

All five books are included with the cost of class, $300.

 

Class meets Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:30 

January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26

at Berl’s Poetry Shop

141 Front Street

DUMBO, Brooklyn

 

EVERY CLASS we will discuss one poetry book,

EVERY CLASS all attendees will workshop one poem,

and we will have a healthy snack!

 

Sign up soon! Space is limited!



*This class was inspired by the chapbooks LIVING IN THE LOVE ECONOMY by Patricia Spears Jones and THE DEBT OR THE CRISIS by Ashleigh Lambert.

*Thank you Jared White, Cynthia Arrieu-King, and MC Hyland for helping me compile this reading list.

*The above picture is of two counterfeit fifty dollar bills used at Berl’s. Thanks, dick.

FOR THE LOVE OF BOLAÑO POETRY CLASS

Sign up for a poetry discussion & workshop at Berl’s led by Farrah Field!

July Class meets Tuesday nights in the shop from 7:30-9:30 pm for five weeks: July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7.

In this class we will be taking inspiration from the great novelist and poet Roberto Bolaño.

Under the Bridge, while it rains, a golden opportunity

to take a look at myself:

like a snake in the North Pole, but writing.

Our book for July Class is THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSITY by Roberto Bolaño. Come explore why Bolaño considered poetry his superior art form! Let one of the world's smartest humans influence your work!

EVERY CLASS we will discuss a section from THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSITY. EVERY CLASS all attendees will workshop one poem. And we will all have a healthy snack!

Cost is $300, which includes a copy of the book!

Sign up soon! Space is limited!

Farrah Field is the author of two poetry collections, Rising and Wolf and Pilot, as well as the chapbook Parents. With Jared White and their two children, she lives in Brooklyn and is co-founder of Berl's Poetry Shop.  

May Class with Farrah Field

Sign up for a poetry discussion & workshop at Berl’s led by Farrah Field!

Class meets Tuesday nights in the shop from 7:30-9:30pm for five weeks: May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

May Class reading list is comprised of poetry and art collaborations:

  • Human Achievements by Lauren Hunter
  • the hindrances of a householder by Jennifer Bartlett
  • revv. you’ll--ution by Brenda Iijima
  • GHOST OF by Diana Khoi Nguyen
  • Hollywood Forever by Harmony Holiday

EVERY CLASS we will discuss one poetry book. EVERY CLASS all attendees will workshop one poem. And we will all have a healthy snack!

Cost is $300, which includes 5 books, 5 discussions, and 5 of your poems workshopped!

Sign up soon! Space is limited!