Do poems and song-lyrics rattle around in your head? Do you lose your keys and think “the art of losing is not hard to master,” (Elizabeth Bishop) or face a hard day by telling yourself to “screw your courage to the sticking place?” (Shakespeare) Poetry can be a talisman, a war-cry, an invitation to beauty, jokes, or justice. But learning a poem by heart, and saying it out loud – that’s ownership that we often don’t take. This class is your chance! Whether you’re a literary nerd or a poetry-phobe, you’ll be welcomed into an exploration of some really great poems, and learn powerful, active techniques for committing them to memory. We’ll watch and discuss video clips of poetry delivered out loud; we’ll read and discuss poems of different eras, and different structures and cadences. Each student will also get to pick out a favorite poem or excerpt, work on it, and deliver it to the group. This class is a great way to sharpen memorization techniques and public-speaking skills – but most of all it’s a chance to explore language in a fun and informal setting!
Poornima Kirby has taught acting and theater arts at the Nirmal Arts
Academy in Canajoharie, NY, as well as coaching privately in acting techniques, Shakespeare, and movement. She studied at Shakespeare and Co. and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and received her B.A. in Drama, with honors, from Vassar College.