“We turn to the lyric essay – with its malleability, ingenuity, immediacy, complexity, and use of poetic language – to give us a fresh way to make music of the world,” writes John D’Agata. We’ll explore the paradox that the informational real world can bring haunting lyricism and its own music to the personal essay. We’ll use in-class exercises to bounce off models by authors such as Brian Doyle, Sei Shonagon, Lia Purpura and Zadie Smith.
Cathie Desjardins was Arlington Poet Laureate from 2017- 2019. A former faculty member at Lesley University and The Institute for Learning and Teaching at UMass/Boston, she has taught writing to all ages from kindergartners to graduate students and seniors and continues to teaches regularly at Grub Street. Her work has been published in Cognoscenti, and in many newspapers, periodicals and journals. She has written two books of poetry, With Child, and, recently, Buddha in the Garden, both from Tasora Press.