Poetry classes are not just for those who want to be poets. The best poetry is honest poetry, especially when it comes to performance. To write a poem is neither storytelling or using your thesaurus to find a clever word, it is to truly express yourself. Anyone can write a good poem and to do so is extremely therapeutic. You could do this on your own but to do it in a group of peers and then share your work is the next step in the process—to bare yourself. I did not take the course with Poetry Teachers NYC because I want to be a poet and be respected as an artiste, I did it because I write and wanted to share my work and to meet others in the same boat. I recommend this course just as much for those who want to improve their writing as for those who have never written a poem before.
Some of the benefits of the course for me were:
-I met other people writing in NY and formed new friendships.
-I was pushed to write more- I went from a making one poem a month to one-a-week with the assignments and because my instructors and peers inspired me they were just as good as the once a month pieces.
-Learned new tricks about writing through the assignments, i.e. one day we all walked around the Bowery writing about what we saw and then rejoined and shared our findings.
-Learnt how to better read my work in front of an audience- every week we would share out work on the stage and then critique each other.
-I heard some great poems each week.
Shane Hanlon will be performing 4.12.14 at Pomegranate Gallery in SoHo Click Here to Attend.
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