The Poetic Experience

This summer, students will step off the page and into the world to seek out sources of poetry in our daily lives, discovering fresh and creative ways to record the poetic experience in the process. We will read and listen to poems that use sensory details to make us laugh, stop and think, or even feel a lump in our throats. We will also explore how elements of poetry might be found in music, visual art or a really delicious meal.

Poetry happens when our senses collide. By exploring fresh combinations of sight and sound, smell and touch, taste and emotion, we can discover new ways of seeing the world. This August, students will read and write poems about color, art and nature that expand our concept of sensory description in addition to creating our own collages to inspire future poetry.

This Youth Summer Saturday class is intended for ages 7–9. Students of all backgrounds and levels of writing experience are welcome!

This summer, there will be Youth Summer Saturdays on June 24, July 22 and August 19.

There is a suggested donation of $10 for this workshop, but there is a pay what you can option at registration if this isn’t accessible to you.

Drop-In Details

  • Teacher: Jess Gagne
  • Date: Saturday, Aug 19, 2023
  • Time: 10:00–11:00 am
  • Location: 144 Montague
  • Cost: $10 suggested donation

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Jess Gagne

Jess Gagne

Jess Gagne (she/her) is a Montessori educator and poet from Connecticut who is currently living, teaching and writing in Brooklyn. She is working on keeping all her plants alive, mastering the art of the stationary bicycle, reading more nonfiction and writing a poem in time to read at the Brooklyn Poets Yawp open mic each month.