The 3 Rs of Writing Authentic Poems: Read. (W)rite. Revise.


  • $150.00  -  Non-Member
  • $125.00  -  Member


Six Tuesdays, beginning May 12
from 2-4pm


What makes Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, Philip Levine, Lucille Clifton, W.S. Merwin and Natasha Trethewey sound like no other poets? How do they succeed in making their poems come alive for the reader? Although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, this course will balance imitating craft with maintaining one’s own unique take on work, family, love, loss and transcendence. In each session, the instructor will lead a discussion on the works of a master poet examining the aspects of poetic craft that hones an authentic voice into a memorable poem.

Each class you will be asked to write a new poem (or a substantial revision of an existing poem) that incorporates an aspect of that poet’s voice and form. The new/revised poems will be critiqued in the following class, after which a new master poet will be introduced. This class will take place in the Makerspace and Mentor Studio on the lower level of the Education Wing. 

Please bring paper, pen or a laptop, if you prefer.

Using humor and memory to celebrate people and place, Alice Kociemba is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point, 2016), and the chapbook Death of Teaticket Hardware. Alice is the founding director of the Calliope Poetry for Community, and since 2009 has facilitated a monthly Poetry Discussion Group at the Falmouth Public Library. She has also served as the Guest Editor of the 2015 & 2016 editions of Common Threads, the poetry discussion project of Mass Poetry, and is on the editorial team of From the Farther Shore: Discovering Cape Cod and the Islands Through Poetry (forthcoming from Bass River Press).




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