ONLINE Famous Poets Presents: Spooky Poets
October 7th – Gwendolyn MacEwen was a Canadian poet fascinated by magic, history, nature, and the occult. She dressed the part, with dark-rimmed eyes and gothic style sensibilities. Despite the challenges of being surrounded by patriarchal cronyism and big male egos, she began her career at age 17, published fourteen books of poetry and other works, won the Governor General’s award (twice), and is still widely regarded as one of the best poets Canada has produced. What do the glowing tomes of her short life tell us of her spiritual path in poetry and the mystic illuminations that flowed from her pen? Learn of her life, revel in her revelations, and channel Gwendolyn in your own poems in this focused class.
October 14th – Edgar Allan Poe, author of The Raven and other poems, of early American short stories, and inventor of horror, lived a life almost as macabre and mysterious as his work itself. Despite the deaths of loved ones, misfortune, and lack of fortune – or perhaps because of these – Poe left behind delightfully spine-tingling, spooky works of imagination that live on today. What is so enduring in his creations, and what inspiration can we gain from work published before his unsolved death at age 40? Join us for a Poe-try class unlike any other. Prompts that show us how to wield significant elements of his style are woven into his life story from beginning to end… as you are unwittingly sealed for eternity behind brick. Bwa ha ha ha! (Oops – was that out loud?).
October 21 – Many know and love the poetry of Sylvia Plath. The story of her life is inspiring, touching, and unnerving; her deep sensitivity informed the keen insights of her poetry, but included a depression she described as a ‘bell jar’ over her head that eventually swallowed her. In this class, we’ll learn of the life events that lead to her fame and contributed to her decline, and the volumes of her poetry published in life and death. We’ll sit beside Sylvia when she rents Yeats’ spooky old house in London as she cares for her young children, fights inner darkness, and writes some of her most important work. And we’ll study poems that reveal her literary genius and inspire our own deeply-felt writing, words that fight the gravitational pull of the swirling darkness within.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Laurie Anne Fuhr is a writer and songwriter. Her poetry collection ‘night flying’ was published in 2018 by Frontenac House, and her work has been featured in numerous anthologies and publications. From 2008-2011 she was managing editor of filling Station Magazine. A member of the League of Canadian Poets and Poetry In Voice, she has been an instructor with AWCS for over five years, teaching classes such as Free Verse Revival, Womens’ Verse Revival, Espresso Poetry, Famous Poets, and her ongoing Sunday drop-in prompts session, Poetry Café. Poets’ Roundtable is a recent addition — sign up via the Events Calendar!