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09/21 Poetry with an Edge with Seretta Martin

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 Time: 10AM to 12:30PM Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $37.50 Nonmembers: $45 Location: The NEW Ink Spot, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92106

Give your poetry the oomph it needs!

What’s missing in much of the American poetry written today? Does it win the hearts and minds of readers or has it become too detached and cerebral? Joining the revolution that Tony Hoagland calls the “edge of sustained, concerted thought – jubilant, freewheeling, associative, collage poetry,” we’ll encounter, discuss and write poems with EDGE. Let’s break the shackles! Let’s challenge the things we know about poetry. Let’s move out of our comfort zones. We will discuss what draws a reader into a poem? What makes a poem fresh and innovative? An exercise in poem collage will pull us away from exerted narrative allowing us to let go. You may recall how Merwin and O’Hara created lyrical poems that were realized through collage. But let’s also look at modern contemporary poems. Then, we’ll consider how a poem owns the page. What does that visual tell us about the poem? You’ll be given an extensive handout with more prompts and poems than we can possible get to during our session. It’s  always fun to have this bonus for later when you are working on your won. So join us! I’m excited! Are you? Questions? Email Seretta at

Seretta Green Sweater Photo 0022Philip Levine book award short list finalist 2012, and James Irvine Foundation 2011 grant recipient, Seretta Martin, featured as poet and teacher with Steve Kowit, Chris Baron, and the founding director, Jack Webb and award-winning students on the ITV Border Voices “Virtual” Poetry Fair & in the 18th anthology. (Former featured poets include W.S. Merwin, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Li Young Lee, Sharon Olds, Gary Soto, Adrienne Rich, and Kay Ryan, to name a few.) Seretta serves as an associate editor of Poetry International Journal with editor, Ilya Kaminsky, is a regional editor of the (SDPA) San Diego Poetry annual, hosts the New Alchemy Poetry Series, Upstart Crow Bookstore, Seaport Village, San Diego, Ca. (3RD Wednesdays, 7 p.m.), and is a founding member of Haiku San Diego. She is a contributing editor for Synesthesia: A Literary & Arts Journal, and Blue VorText Publishers on-line. She is also the assistant director of the Border Voices Poetry Project. A finalist in Margie and Atlantic, her poetry, reviews, interviews and translations have appeared in several dozen publications here and abroad including Web del Sol, California Quarterly, City Works, Frogpond, Inkscrawl, A Year in Ink, Poetry International on-line, Synesthesia, Blue VorText Publishers, Oberon, Magee Park, SDPA, UK Newspaper and others. Seretta’s book, Foreign Dust Familiar Rain, is available through & Her next book, The Art of Climbing Trees, is forthcoming. Seretta holds an MFA in Creative writing and a BS in Video, Film and Educational Technology from SDSU. She lives in San Diego, California with her feral Tiger-Abyssinian cat, Velcro.Visit her online at

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