2018-02/17 Writing Poetry About Art and Music with Karen Kenyon

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 Time: 10am to 1pm Number of sessions: One Session Only! Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

If you love writing poetry and you appreciate art and/or music, you will have a chance to connect these loves and enrich your experience of each. Writing inspired by art has a long history, beginning with Homer’s Illiad where he described the Shield of Achilles! Much later John Keats gave us Ode to a Grecian Urn. We’ll look at some famous works of art and read poems by known poets on those images. And you will have a chance to write your own poem to an image you choose. Music, too, has a history of connection with writing. Of course, especially with song lyrics. We’ll look at a few, for example, Paul McCartney’s Eleanor Rigby. In addition, poets have written responses to music. Rainer Maria Rilke wrote “On Music,” and we will read Robert Bly’s translation. Walt Whitman wrote, “That Music Always Round Me.” We’ll listen to a piece of music and free-write to it. You will learn a few poetic forms, which you might use as you respond to art or music. You are welcome to bring your own image to work with, or finished poem to share.


Karen Kenyon has been writing and publishing poetry for many years, with poems published in Ladies’ Home Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and small journals including San Diego Poetry Anthology, San Diego Free Press, and Magee Park Anthology. Her memoir, Sunshower (Putnam, NY 1981) is a hybrid text which includes both prose and poetry. She recently finished over 30 years of teaching MiraCosta and now teaches at UCSD Extension and through the Osher program at San Diego State University. She is working on her collection of poetry, entitled “Painted Lady,” and her book on The Bronte Family is due to come out in ebook form from her London publisher, Endeavour Press.

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