Three Squares and a Poem
Jan
30
Feb 26

Three Squares and a Poem

Poets have used food as a jump-off to plumb childhood memories, love and all its complications, social class and even politics. With its beauty and endless associations, food can be a metaphor for anything.

Beloved Madness: Writing Love Poems in the 21st Century
Jan
30
Feb 26

Beloved Madness: Writing Love Poems in the 21st Century

The “love poem” is usually a term we want to make the gag sign for; who wants to read a love poem anymore? Immediately thoughts plume of sentimental fluff, high-fructose stuff of lofty 19th century-poems. In this workshop I propose to address the changing nature of the concept “love poem” and offer prompts sparking poems addressing love of the self, the family, the lost, and of the external world in various forms as well as talk about writing poems addressing lack of, or the end of love. 

AWP Off-Site Reading
Feb
9
Feb 10

AWP Off-Site Reading

  • Busboys & Poets

Poetry Barn will be hosting an off-site reading during AWP! The venue is steps from the convention center - a beautiful and open space with 30-ft high ceilings and a grand central staircase that leads to a mezzanine level (the "Loft") - where our reading will take place with a private bar.

(W)hole: Poetry of Omission
Mar
6
Apr 2

(W)hole: Poetry of Omission

Poetry of omission does not seek to create a riddle where the reader must present some key to understand our writing, but instead seeks to create meaning in the whitespace and provide the reader an active and immersive poetry experience. What is being said by what is left out?

The Prose Poem: Exploration, Surrealism and Play
Apr
3
Apr 30

The Prose Poem: Exploration, Surrealism and Play

Flex those writing muscles and test your poetic voice through the special space the prose poem allows, and join us for a month-long exploration of this rich and varied form. We will probe the porous, shifting boundary between poetry and prose: how to walk that tenuous tightrope without falling off! 

Retrieving Echoes: Writing in Distant Meters
May
1
May 28

Retrieving Echoes: Writing in Distant Meters

One legitimate complaint levied against metrical poetry in the twenty-first century concerns a lack of diversity. Despite the wealth of meters ripe for revisitation, iambic meter remains the most common rhythm in English and, in the minds of many, represents all metrical poetry. 


Watery Graves: Writing the Res
Oct
29
12:00 pm12:00

Watery Graves: Writing the Res

To construct the Ashokan Reservoir, which the Poetry Barn borders, four hamlets were demolished and eight moved, some 2,000 people were forced out to flood the valley, and some 2,000 graves disinterred. Residents thus experienced the loss of their homes as well as their communities and the cornerstones of their society: churches, schools, shops, and railroad stations. We'll learn more about its history, reading and writing poems of place, landscape, the water crisis, ruins, and ghosts. 

Hudson Valley Haiku: Painting with Black Ink
Sep
24
12:00 pm12:00

Hudson Valley Haiku: Painting with Black Ink

  • Poetry Barn

In this workshop, we'll transform the lushness of the Hudson River School paintings into the "black ink" of haiku. We'll close-read well-known haiku masters and feast our eyes on some of the great Hudson River School paintings. After writing our haiku, we'll literally "paint them in black ink" on a large sheet of paper to take home.

Punch & Awl: Book Binding for Beginners
Jul
30
12:00 pm12:00

Punch & Awl: Book Binding for Beginners

  • Poetry Barn

We’ll provide the tools: punch, awl, needles, twine, bone folders, paper. You provide the creativity. You’ll learn two simple methods of creating and binding a book, hands-on, which you can then take home with you. The techniques we will use are the Japanese four-hole stab bookbinding technique and pamphlet-stitching.
 

A Feast for Bards: Farm to Table Poetics
Jun
25
12:00 pm12:00

A Feast for Bards: Farm to Table Poetics

  • Poetry Barn

From planting to harvest, cooking to eating, food has inspired poets as one of life's most sensual pleasures, and because poetry about food is often just as much about something else: body image, love, yearning, addiction. The Catskills' edible bounty is a feast for the senses. We’ll pair exemplary food poems with delectable local fare, observing the unique characteristics of each food type, and drawing upon all of our senses to write the food poem that could only issue from your throat.

Skywriting: Poems & Planes
May
28
12:00 pm12:00

Skywriting: Poems & Planes

  • Poetry Barn

At this event, we’ll pay homage to the Barn's cultural heritage by reading and writing poems about wings, flight, and transformation. Participates will be provided with templates to construct paper airplanes from their poems to keep as objets d’art or to launch on a flight to be found someday by someone who needs to read it at that very moment in time.