…there’s no topic too small for poetry, based on the transcendentalist principle that the entire wonders of the universe can be found in the smallest droplet of rain in a cobweb. —Aria Aber
Participants in this weekly drop-in class will explore both the mundanity of daily life and the deepest recesses of the subconscious in order to find the miraculous that lives within us. We’ll use free-associative writing prompts and journaling as touchstones for found text and access points into poems that turn walls into bridges and dreamers into seers. We’ll explore the microcosms of our lives in all their mundane glory as ways to write into our most fervent obsessions and find new perspectives in our orbits around them. Each week, we’ll read a different poem and use it as an engine to generate our own poems, discovering new connections and new relationships with the leaves outside our windows and the greatest poets of our time. Sharing will be encouraged but optional. (Note that drop-in classes are not a forum for critique of work; students looking for critique should register for multi-week workshops.)
Anthony Thomas Lombardi is a Best of the Net– and Pushcart-nominated poet, editor, organizer and educator. He is the founder and director of Word is Bond, a community-centered reading series partnered with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop that raises funds for transnational relief efforts, bail funds and mutual aid organizations, and he serves as a poetry editor for Sundog Lit. A recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship, he has taught at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Paris College of Art, Brooklyn Poets, Polyphony Lit’s Summer Editorial Apprenticeship Program and for community programming throughout New York City. His work has appeared or will soon in the Poetry Foundation’s Ours Poetica, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Massachusetts Review, North American Review and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two cats.