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Reading Contemporary Poetry - June 2024

Join Marion and Barbara to discuss these celebrated books by three masters of modern poetry.

We will begin with The Lives of the Heart by Jane Hirshfield, a lyric collection that examines how the heart – human and creaturely – attends to and engages with the world. We’ll then move to The Branch Will Not Break by beloved Ohio poet, James Wright, whose detailed images of the natural world connect with one’s inner world, capturing both the light and the darkness in both. We’ll end with Jane Kenyon’s The Boat of Quiet Hours, a collection of personal poems grounded in place and time: the turning of the seasons in a rural New England landscape.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry, we invite you to an open and welcoming discussion. In each session we offer generative writing prompts based on our reading

Instructors: Marion Starling Boyer’s Ice Hours was selected for the 2021 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, to be released January 2023 from Michigan State University Press. She is author of The Sea Was Never FarThe Clock of the Long Now, and Composing the Rain, winner of Grayson Books’ Chapbook competition.  Her work’s been nominated for Pushcarts, the Lenore Marshall Award, and “Best of the Net.” A professor emeritus for Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Boyer conducts workshops for Lit Cleveland and Lit Youngstown. She lives in Twinsburg, which hosts the world record gathering of twins every summer. For more link to

Barbara Sabol’s fifth collection, core & all: haiku and senryu, was published by Bird Dog Press in 2022. She is the associate editor of Sheila-Na-Gig online, and is the editor of the anthology, Sharing this Delicate Bread: Selections from Sheila-Na-Gig online (2016-2021). Barbara’s honors include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and the Mary Jean Irion Poetry Prize. Her work has received both Pushcart and Touchstone award nominations. She conducts poetry workshops for community literary organizations. Barbara lives in Akron, OH with her husband and wonder dogs.


Details: Reading Contemporary Poetry - June 2024 takes place Tuesdays June 11, June 25, and July 9 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom.

Genre: Poetry

Level: All experience levels welcome.

Format: Literary analysis and discussion with generative writing outside of class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 15 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative poetry workshop.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 15.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email


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