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- IN PERSON beyond the veil: inside the poet's life in the long and short poem
IN PERSON beyond the veil: inside the poet's life in the long and short poem
4 WEEKS | Wednesdays | 10-12pm | Begins April 5
Instructor: Stuart Ian McKay
MEMBER PRICE: $135.00 (with member coupon AWCSM25)
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $180.00
it becomes vital for those of us who call ourselves poets to go beyond the veil, to understand how poetry occupies everything. hidden within us,
within the world is all the poetry we could ever need to find.
in this seminar style four week course,poets of all skill levels and abilities are invited to experience a new way of thinking about and creating
poetry. we will explore what the act and ritual of creating poetry does to us.what can we learn from other art forms and disciplines, especially
visual art and music, to help us better our own artistic practice? conversation is crucial to our time together,as are the series of exercises
arising out of our deliberations. these exercises are designed to cultivate a keen sense of aesthetic awareness.writing poetry is a physical
experience. students will be encouraged to write by hand, on paper, learning the skills of editing a piece as they go. the goal of this course is to
write a series of interwoven short poems, or a long poem. also, we will explore new ways of performing our work. this course is ideal for poets
who sense they need to broaden their horizons, who know there is much more to do and experience in their poetry.
This is an in person class taking place at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society.
Stuart Ian McKay is a Calgary based poet. His poetry and non fiction have been published in many Canadian journals and anthologies. ”Stele of Several Ladies-a long poem”, and “a cognate of prayer “, his first two books of poetry,were published in 2005 and 2013 by Passwords Enterprises, an independent Calgary press.
“even the idea of maya is maya “, a poetry chapbook, was published by Frog Hollow Press in Victoria, as part of its Dis/Ability Series in 2019. AOS Publishing in Montreal will publish his new book of poetry, "the commune of our waking“ next year.
Stuart is the editor of the poetry chapbook, ”the way out is the way in”, published by the League of Canadian Poets in 2022. This chapbook celebrates the work of Canadian poets with disabilities. He and fellow Calgary poet/noise and sound artist Matt Smith comprise the poetry creation and performance team “the thornlake endeavour “. Stuart serves on the poetry editorial collective of filling station. Stuart is the Alberta/North West Territories Representative for the League of Canadian Poets,and serves on the Board of Directors of the League. In January 2022, he was the writer in residence at the Wallace Stegner House in Eastend, Saskatchewan.