Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I'm looking forward to teaching a poetry class at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center in April and May, 2015. The four-session class will feature four traditional poetic forms that students will learn by understanding their patterns. Each week I will introduce a new form and a writing prompt designed to illuminate it. Students shall have an opportunity to understand and practice the villanelle, the pantoum, the sonnet, and the very short tanka. 

Writers will discover that although these names may sound new or daunting, the patterns inherent in each form can help them create the best work they have ever produced! We are planning an adventurous course with gentle sharing and easy models to follow.

We will also start with some ice breakers to help students think like poets. The following poem (with Spanish original) by the Mexican poet, Alberto Forcada, is an example of one that pushes the imagination to new heights.


The trees are birds bewitched.
They can't lift their feet from the ground.                                                                                  
Again and again they beat their wings
furiously, pluck at their feathers, weep.

How can I break this spell?
What words should I say?

How many times must I kiss them?



Los árboles son pájaros hechizados.
No pueden despegar la pata del suelo.

Una y otra vez aletean con furia.
Se arrancan las plumas, sollozan.

Cómo romper el maleficio?
Qué palabras deberé pronunciar?

Cuántas veces tendré que besarlos?


  1. You know that water falls increase the beauty of nature and there are some great water falls. So i am going to add this poetry in top essay services because i like its topic and these photos of boat and water fall are really interesting.

  2. Getting a combination advance program is not a troublesome undertaking. Neither one of the its is simple. It is a blend of both as it has both advantages and dangers related with it. Payday Loans

  3. I was able to find good information from your blog posts. all of craigslist

  4. It is imperative that we read blog post very carefully. I am already done it and find that this post is really amazing.
    obat gabagen
    obat ginjal bengkak
    obat keloid
    obat limpa bengkak
    obat thalasemia
    obat kencing tidak tuntas
    obat tbc tulang

  5. I believe that you recognize how to construct people pay attention to what you have to pronounce, particularly with a concern that’s so vital. I am pleased to suggest this blog. Nonton Drama Korea

  6. Sebelumnya kita dapat nikmati sebagian service permainan yang juga akan di tawarkan oleh pihak agen judi bola Agen king4d online, baiknya terlebih dulu kita dapat daftar Agen Togel On line lewat website taruhan menyimpangkan baik. Di bawah tersebut jadi cara-cara daftar pada type permainan judi Distributor togel lxtoto online salah satunya yaitu: Kita dapat pilih satu diantara website taruhan Eyang Togel paling baik yang ada di antara beberapa website taruhan yang ada Lakukan pengisian adimintratif di dalam website judi Agen Togel Online yang ada Menyiapkan perkiraan tentang angka taruhan togel yang peluang gede dapat keluar serta kalian gunakan jadi Toto Singapore Menyelenggarakan sebagian rangkaian angka taruhan bola togel totojitu online yang ada Berkaitan penjabaran mengenai cara-cara bagi kita bisa nikmati permainan judi Wakil Togel Online yaitu secara lakukan daftar Agen 8togel online, langkah yang pertama sebagai pemain judi kalian dapat pilih satu diantara website taruhan paling cantik tentang permainan judi togel king4d online yang terdapat. Website togel paling cantik juga akan dapat menyampaikan kita service maksimum, terlintas kita bagi menempatkan judi togel lotus4d online dapat kita kerjakan serasi sama dengan terdapatnya tips pemasangan taruhan judi togel dengan baik dan betul. nice information...

  7. I am also a student I am happy to have the opportunity to understand villanelle, the pantoum, the sonnet once I become part of this community. Assignment Writing Services

  8. I love this type of poetry lines and make more lines with the help of other articles. Thanks for sharing this article. Now it's time to avail Shutter Repair London for more information.