ONLINE We Got The Beat!
Poetry is to words what melody is to music. This three-hour workshop will explore the sound possibilities in poetry, the meter, the rhythm. We will open up the secrets of how to create new and engaging poetry following the principles and beats of rhythm. We will look at poems that contain examples of each of the six meters: Iambic, Trochaic, Anapestic, Dactylic, Spondaic and Pyrrhic. Are these meters obsolete? Does free-form prevail? Does anyone write in Iambic Pentameter anymore? The sonnets, the ballads, are they relics from the past, from long-buried Shakespeares and Elizabeth Barrett Brownings, Lord Byrons, and Robert Services? Or can we intentionally embed our poetry with rhythms that lead the reader to wanting more? And what about performance poetry, the tat-ta-ra-tat of Slam Poetry … what role does rhythm and beat play in these forms? Learn how to modulate and regulate your sound to create effect. Be ready to listen and learn, to write and share and provide constructive feedback.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Josephine LoRe is the author of two collections which integrate poetry and photography, ‘Unity’ and the Calgary Herald Bestseller ‘The Cowichan Series’, as well as the short story “Cornflower”. Her words have been read on stage, put to music, danced, and rendered into visual art. They appear in anthologies and literary journals in nine countries including FreeFall Literary Magazine, The Prairie Journal, Japan’s Mount Fuji Tanka Grand Prix, the AWCS War Memory Project, Pendemic poetry in Ireland, Calgary’s People’s Poetry Festival, The Parkland Poets’ Poetry and Photography Pairings, TapPressRead, YYC PoP and the upcoming (M)othering Anthology.Josephine has a Maîtrise in Comparative Literature from l’Université de Rouen, France, an Honour’s BA in Modern Languages and Literature and is cleverly disguised as a Junior High French Immersion teacher by day.