Judith Pacht teaches Warping Time in Poetry
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!
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.