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Aging Creatively at Mid-Manhattan Library: The Art of Making Poems - Creation and Craft


Trade cards depicting birds, cows, a woman holding a mask, children fishing with a net, children eating and drinking on a boat and cupid presenting a woman and child with shoe polish., Digital ID 498961, New York Public Library"She saw the moon, she saw the birds, she saw the little shoes, in summer, before swimming pools filled up — strong and empty and waiting"
~from The Shoes

Enter the world of teaching poet and published author Hermine Meinhard. From here, enter your subconscious, and write what you find. Ms. Meinhard will be there to help you along.

Mid-Manhattan Library is pleased to offer a free ten-week workshop with Hermine Meinhard, The Art of Making Poems: Creation and Craft, on Tuesdays, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., beginning February 12th.

The workshop will engage participants in a series of exercises that will connect them to their own process as writers and allow them to experiment with the elements of poetic craft. Participants will learn ways to access the intuitive mind, how to use a variety of materials, including objects, evocative language, and artwork, to enter into writing, and how to revise.

We will read and discuss the work of a variety of poets to introduce participants to the range and possibilities of poetry; and we will draw on the library’s Art and Picture Collections. Participants will read aloud and receive feedback about their poems. Each class will result in a draft of a poem.

The course will culminate in a poetry reading on May 7th, where family, friends and the public are invited to the reading and reception.

Registration is open to adults 55+, in person at Mid-Manhattan Library, 1st floor information desk, or by calling 212-340-0871. Space is limited to 12 participants who are expected to attend all sessions.

This Lifetime Arts Program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Westchester Library System, AARP Foundation, American Library Association, New York State Council of the Arts, and the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation.


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