Poetry Lunch with Larry Woiwode

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March 20th, 2018

"How long has it been since I've spoken?I want to say that our hill is overlaid with snow,That its trees are, that spring is close, and thatLove awoke in me and Love awoke."

~ Larry Woiwode

Poetry lies at the intersection of the arts-the written word, in strict meter and rhyme, reminiscent of the exacting rhythms and tones of music.  Both true poetry and music require strict formal rules to impart logic, form, and ultimately meaning. 

Poetry can perhaps be best appreciated when read aloud, as the earliest poems, the epic poems Gilgamesh, the Iliad and the Odyssey undoubtedly were, orally preserved in rhyme and song and passed down from generation to generation as indescribably precious relics of their civilizations.  

We have come a long way from ancient times, but poetry still holds an important, and special, place in our culture.  We are proud to present to our membership:

Larry will illustrate the differences between blank verse, free verse, and the myriad forms that poetry has taken over the centuries.  This is an amazing opportunity to learn the intricacies of poetry from a master-not short cuts, cutting corners or being indulgent, but a professional poet's advice on two poetic forms during the workshop, one simple and one more complex.

Our special guest and instructor, Larry Woiwode, has had work appear in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, Gentleman's Quarterly, The Partisan Review and the Paris Review.  He is the author of five novels; two collections of short stories; a book of poetry, Even Tide; and his reviews and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post Book World.  Larry has been North Dakota's Poet Laureate since 1995 and is Writer in Residence at the University of Jamestown. 

Lunch is $7 or $5 for Arts Center members. Please RSVP to 701-251-2496 by March 16th.

Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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