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Judith Pacht teaches Warping Time in Poetry

Date: Saturday Nov. 5 Time: 10 am to 2 pm Number of sessions: 1-ONE DAY CLASS! Members: $70 Nonmembers: $82 Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

WARPING TIME in poetry

As poets we depend on careful observation of the images we use in writing – at the same time we try to avoid conventional narrative and sequence.  We’ll look at how poets like Georg Trakl, James Wright, Richard Garcia and Rilke create an arc in their poems by altering time – slowing it down, speeding it up and allowing silence to enter their work. You’ll learn and practice these techniques, honing and cultivating the use of time in your poetry.

Finally we’ll write our own poems, using – and distorting – what we’ve read and observed.

**Judith Pacht is giving a reading at The Ink Spot Friday Nov. 4th at 7pm!

 

Summer

 

At evening the complaint of the cuckoo

Grows still in the wood.

The grain bends its head deeper,

The red poppy.

 

Darkening thunder drives

Over the hill.

The old song of the cricket

Dies in the field.

 

The leaves of the chestnut tree

Stir no more.

Your clothes rustle

On the winding stair.
The candle gleams silently

In the dark room;

A silver hand

Puts the light out;

 

Windless, starless night.

from Georg Trakl’s Twenty Poems

 

Judith Pacht’s book of collected poems, Summer Hunger, was published in October, 2010, and her chapbooks, User’s Guide and St. Louis Suite were published in 2009 and 2010.  Her manuscript Vectors was a finalist for the 2008 Philip Levine Prize, and her poem, Waterville, Maine won Honorable Mention in the 2007 Robert Frost Award and the 2007 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry competitions.  Pacht was first place winner in the Georgia Poetry Society, Edgar Bowers competition.

A three-time Pushcart nominee, Judith Pacht’s work includes poems published in Ploughshares, Runes, Phoebe, Cider Press Review and Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia).  Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright (Lost Hills Press. 2007), The Poetry of Relationships (Canadian Federation of Poets, 2009), The Gastronomic Reader (University of California Press) and Tebot Bach’s Anthology of California Poets, 2003 and 2006.  Writers at Work featured her poem, Surface, as their January, 2009 selection. Her chapbook, also her first poetry collection, Falcon (Conflux Press), was published in 2004.