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Seminar: Reading Poetry as a Poet

October 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

My Alexandria by Mark Doty

During this course, we will read My Alexandria by Mark Doty. This is Doty’s third book of poetry. We will be dividing the book into four parts over four weeks. Each week we will do close readings of individual poems while discussing the work as a whole. We will consider historical context, the poet’s personal life, and the poets references and influences as they pertain to the book. How does are approach to reading poetry change when reading an entire book, rather than a single poem? We become better acquainted with the poet’s particular use of craft. We will also discuss how individual poems work together to make a cohesive collection. 

Week One 

Mark Doty biography 

“Demolition” – “Almost Blues” 

Week Two 

Historical Context

“Esta Noche”  – “The Ware Collection of Glass Flowers and Fruit , Harvard Museum” 

Week Three 

Influences & References 

“The Wings” – “To Bessie Drennan”

Week Four 

We made it! Where did we end up?

“No”  – “Lament Heaven”

Hanna Litwinowicz is currently serving on the board of directors of The People’s Colloquium and is a facilitator of their poetry critique groups.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Create Writing from the State University of New York at Purchase. She is a winner of the Oregon Poetry Association traditional form contest. She has also appeared in the poetry zine Window Cat. She is working on a poetry chapbook focusing on narrative poetry that explores female aging and fear’s transformations into anger. 


October 22
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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