JUNE CLASS FEATURING AMY LAWLESS

Join us at Berl’s for a workshop and class with poets Farrah Field and Amy Lawless!

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

June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2

Within the structure of a book, poets work to create many dynamics between poem, reader, and culture-at-large, all the while establishing a poetics and a conversation with poetry. Those dynamics are a lot to balance and it seems that some poets use voice and story or perhaps the creation of a character or and also the creation of a kind of world to encounter the various considerations poets address. Come read along and take inspiration with Amy and Farrah from the following books:

Heaven Is All Goodbyes by Tongo Eisen-Martin

They and We Will Get into Trouble for this by Anna Moschovakis

elsa: an unauthorized autobiography by Angela Veronica Wong  

Baby, I Don't Care by Chelsey Minnis   

Nightingalelessness by Graham Foust

 

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

 

This all happens at

at 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!

 

About the teachers:

Amy Lawless is the author of several books of poems, most recently Broadax and My Dead, both from Octopus Books and the chapbook A Woman Alone from Sixth Finch. She is also the co-author of the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected from Pioneer Works.  Poems have appeared widely-- most recently in Fence (issue 35) and Gramma.  She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011, and teaches writing and poetry workshops around New York City.

Farrah Field is the author of WOLF AND PILOT, RISING, and the chapbook PARENTS. She lives in Brooklyn and is the co-founder of Berl’s Poetry Shop.

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!

MARCH CLASS WITH FARRAH FIELD

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

 

Many poets have stumbled upon their greatest work by pursuing, researching, and writing extensively about the poets they admire. For five weeks, join poet and Berl’s co-owner Farrah Field to read and discuss THE H.D. BOOK by Robert Duncan. We will dive into this pivotal, epic work as well as H.D.’s poetry, and workshop our own poems generated by our study. THE H.D. BOOK is big, but we’re going to work through it together and amazing poems will pour forth from our hard work.  

 

Robert Duncan’s THE H.D. BOOK and THE COLLECTED POEMS 1912-1944 by H.D. are included with the cost of class, $300.

 

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

March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16

at 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!

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.