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Contemporary Poetry Workshop to be Held at West Hartford Library

Brent Terry. Courtesy photo

‘Moods for Moderns: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Poetry, A Seminar/Workshop’ will be offered in two sessions at the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford.


Two Saturday poetry sessions will be offered by Brent Terry, on July 28 and Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m, at West Hartford Libraries, 20 South Main St. Both poetry programs support “West Hartford Reads! an annual town-wide reading initiative.

Poetry, despite rumors to the contrary, is alive and thriving. Today’s poets are writing a stunning array of original and breathtaking work in a wide range of styles, each of which add a vibrant thread to the tapestry of contemporary poetry. In the seminar section of the program Terry will share five or six contemporary poems, each of which comes from a distinctive angle, each of which attempts something different from the others. Terry will discuss each poem, then take comments or questions.

At the end of the first session there will be ideas given on how participants can write their own poem, then how to revise them into masterpieces – that will be the homework!

In part two (Saturday, Aug. 4) everyone will read their own poem to the group, and all poems will be discussed.

About Brent Terry:

Brent Terry’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals. He is the author of the poetry collections yesnomaybe (Main Street Rag, 2002) and Wicked, Excellently (Word Tech, 2007). His new collection, Troubadour Logic, will be published by Main Street Rag this October, and his novel, The Body Electric, is forthcoming in 2019 from Unsolicited Press. He is the winner of the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Prize from the ConnecticutPoetry Society, and has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the CT Council of Arts and Tourism. Terry lives in Willimantic, where he teaches creative writing at Eastern Connecticut State university.

Tto register, visit http://bit.ly/moods28july, and for more information, please call 860-561-6990.

Parking: Please park in the nearby Isham Garage and come directly to the library for parking validation using your license plate number.

These events are made possible by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest, West Hartford Public Library Foundation.

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