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Poetry Appreciation with Philip Rosenbach

  • The Cottage School 224 Main Street Gladstone, NJ USA (map)

As part of our ongoing series of workshops for The Cottage School parents and community members,  our adult-ed poetry instructor, Phil Rosenbach, will lead a poetry class beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. This workshop is open to the public so feel free to bring a friend!

In our last poetry class we looked at poems addressing political themes. Phil has adopted a suggestion made at the end of that class and this time will be focusing on problems involving relationships. As always, we will look at short, understandable, well-written poems. We will discuss makes a poem successful or unsuccessful, interesting or boring, fun or tedious.If you have a favorite poem, bring it to the class for reading and discussion. We will focus on English-language poems but may also take a look at poems in other languages as well.

To sign up, please RSVP here.

The first poem we discuss will be the following one:

 Depressed By A Book Of Bad Poetry, I Walk Toward An Unused Pasture And Invite The Insects To Join Me

James Wright

Relieved, I let the book fall behind a stone.
I climb a slight rise of grass.
I do not want to disturb the ants
Who are walking single file up the fence post,
Carrying small white petals,
Casting shadows so frail that I can see through them.
I close my eyes for a moment and listen.
The old grasshoppers
Are tired, they leap heavily now,
Their thighs are burdened.
I want to hear them, they have clear sounds to make.
Then lovely, far off, a dark cricket begins
In the maple trees.