Spring Poetry Circle (1846)

Six Tuesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sold out!

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$135 (10% off for members)

Join us this spring to read two American poets who have expanded received wisdom about suitable topics for poetry. Before the present cultural moment, before #MeToo, before the proliferation of graduate creative writing programs, Maxine Kumin and Linda Pastan wrote poems about the ordinary lives of women. In the last quarter of the 20th Century, Kumin and Pastan were among those who broke the bonds of the then-reigning orthodoxy summed up by this quote from Samuel Johnson: “Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.” Substitute “preaching” for “poetry” and you get an idea of the cultural milieu in which these poets were writing. Maxine Kumin died in 2014, but luckily for us, our neighbor Linda Pastan will visit our class May 1 to read from and discuss her work.

Where I Live: New and Selected Poems, Maxine Kumin
Insomnia, Linda Pastan

Gigi Bradford is Chair of the Folger Poetry Board and former Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been leading the Poetry Circle at P&P for 13 years.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393339680
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 5th, 2011

Insomnia: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393353754
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 28th, 2017