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Poet's Toolbox: Juxtaposition

This class will be a deep dive into the poetic tool of juxtaposition, exploring poetic techniques and forms like the haiku, the ghazal, the dictionary poem, and more. In the first session, we'll work on four or five generative exercises, depending on time, to get participants to really delve into their poetic toolboxes and craft some solid drafts. In the second session, we'll workshop the poems we've created from those exercises, honing and crafting them into polished pieces.

Instructor: Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon from Cleveland. He is the editor of The Ohio Haiku Anthology, the first collection of haiku by Ohio poets in over twenty years. He currently co-edits the horror poetry journal Otoroshi Journal with his life partner, Lori A Minor. His newest chapbook, blips on a screen, is available on Cuttlefish Books. He is a graduate of the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University. He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, Ethiopian coffee, and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs.

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Details: Poet's Toolbox: Juxtaposition takes place Tuesday February 7 and Tuesday February 21 from 6:30-8:30pm in person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH 44107.

Genre: Poetry

Level: Emerging


Format: Craft and generative workshop with writing outside of class and peer feedback.

Location: This class takes place in person at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood OH 44107.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with a craft and/or generative nonfiction workshop, a feedback course, or a publishing course.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 1.

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

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