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Sense, Vision, Insight, Form: Poetry Workshop with Andrew Singer

  • Bowery Poetry 308 Bowery New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Sundays noon-2pm · 5 consecutive weeks: November 17 & 24 + December 1, 8 & 15, 2019

Over 5 consecutive Sundays, we will explore a unique and elegant set of tools and techniques for quickly deepening in poetic understanding and facility. Group and individual writing exercises are supplemented with a poetry reading syllabus and discussion. To write poetry well, you’ve got to read poetry well. Poems for reading and discussion are selected from among the poets Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Thomas Hardy, Ezra Pound, H.D., Hart Crane, W. H. Auden and Derek Walcott. A complete syllabus will be provided to enrolled students before start of the course.

No prior experience is needed to participate. These workshop sessions present a sequence of group exercises designed to help poets of all types, styles and experience discover and explore a new way of approaching poetry.

Andrew Singer mentored with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott for an MA in Writing Poetry at Boston University, and he was a first reader in poetry at Partisan Review. He is director and editor-in-chief of Trafika Europe (, showcasing new poetry and fiction in English translation from the 47 Council of Europe countries. He is a faculty member at Penn State University, where he has taught creative writing and literary translation, as well as having travel-taught in Europe extensively.

Praise for previous offerings of Sense, Vision, Insight, Form include the following:

“Andrew's poetry workshop was a master-class in immediacy. It introduced us to a way of observing / writing that pushed us beyond preconceptions and habitual responses into the living essence of the moment” ~ Kathy Tiernan, Author

“I felt inspired by being asked not only to describe a subject strictly faithfully, but wait till it 'speaks' and tells us about itself. Singer's unique method of poetry teaching fits so well with both Ben Okri's vision of the academies of the future in his Plato's Dream, and with neuroscientist Ian McGilchrist's emphasis of the incomparable importance of the right hemisphere in his groundbreaking book, The Master and his Emissary. I look forward to the next… masterclass with Andrew!” ~ Narda Azaria Dalgleish, Experimental filmmaker, Poet

“Everything Andrew said during this class was exciting and useful. He gave us concrete tools to see the beauty of poetry in everything, and to know the difference between keeping the integrity of a poetic object and merely abstracting it or projecting onto it. I left the class newly inspired to write, with both the confidence that I will now write more and better poetry, and a clear vision for how I will go about it.” - Olivia McGill

"I am a more careful observer of my surroundings and their poetic potential after taking Andrew Singer's excellent workshop... The analysis of form was extremely helpful as well..." - Jane Pearson

Earlier Event: November 11
Se Buscan Poetas: Bilingual Open Mic
Later Event: November 17
Lovers' Quarrel Live