Never Thought I Would Write Poetry

Instructor:  Jim Owen

  • Zoom Class
  • 4 sessions, Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30, January 20, 27, Feb 3, 10
  • Limit 15
  • $15

This is a class for folks who haven’t written poems themselves. They may still be recovering from mandatory high school or college classes in English in which poems were treated like dead frogs in a biology class: where they were cut up, analyzed, where one interpretation of the experience was emphasized, and then the “frog” became the subject of objective or essay tests. The power of live poetry and its accessibility, range and joy was probably missing. Reading and writing poetry is within everybody’s reach, you don’t have to be Robert Frost, Whittier, Emily Dickinson, or Mary Oliver. You can be yourself, you can read poetry now, you can try writing it, you might surprise yourself. This class might be a good place to start.

No required text, bibliographies will be provided, what folks read is up to them.

4 sessions, Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30, January 20, 27, Feb 3, 10

Jim Owen is an aspiring poet, with no formal training as a poet. Jim has never taught an English class. Still, Jim writes poetry and to his surprise, some of his poems have been published or been on the front door of the Belfast Free Library. Jim reads or writes poetry or attends a poetry group several hours a week and enjoys doing all three. Jim is also passionate about music, good lyrics (musical poems) are an important dimension in his favorite songs. (I should add that Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, and Christine Lavin have nothing to fear from me).

Jim has taught other things: U.S. history in junior high, stress management in healthcare and business settings, healthcare professionals about chemical dependency, managers about dealing with troubled employees, and most recently a Senior College class called “Loving Boats”. Jim looks forward to his first try with a zoom