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Saturday, April 30 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Seriously Funny: A Workshop on Humor in Poetry FULL

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Poetry is seldom stand-up comedy, but many poets use wry humor, irony and wit in the service of serious subjects. We’ll look at five short poems: by Shakespeare, John Berryman, Denise Duhamel, Charles Simic, and Thomas Lux. Their techniques include creating a self-deceiving or a ludicrous character, hyperbolic understatement, mockery, surreal storytelling, and mixing ordinary but contradictory elements. The workshop will break into small groups to brainstorm ideas about using the techniques of each poem. The class will then be given 15 minutes to begin writing a poem. Before leaving, the group will share what they have achieved (as time permits). We'll also share email addresses for mutual encouragement in completing our poems. Each participant will be given a short pamphlet with other poems – including those by James Tate, Mary Jo Bang, Wislawa Szymborska, and Tony Hoagland -- and ideas for using them as models.

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Jacquelyn Malone

Jacquelyn Malone’s work has appeared in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cortland Review, Poetry Northwest, and Ibbettson Street as well as other publications. Two of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One was featured on the website Poetry Daily. Her chapbook All... Read More →

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Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes has published reviews and poems in The Women's Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Calyx and Rattle, among others. On-line, you can find her work at Tattoohighway.org,Poemeleon.org, and poetrymagazine.org. She recently won the Robert Penn Warren Award (First Prize) from New England Writers. Her poetry collections include The Question of Rapture and What Diamonds Can Do. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts and teaches in the Lifelong Learning Program at Salem State College... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Pickman Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970