“I want you to fall asleep with your mouth open / so I can put something exquisite in it,” writes Jeanne Marie Beaumont in “What the Director Said.”

In this class, we will explore poetry as an art of communication, imagination and transformation.

In particular, we will critique student and model poems to examine aspects of innovation, control and revision. Our goal is, as Virginia Woolf says, to “let our nets down deeper and deeper and gently draw in ... and make poetry.”

"Ms. Beaumont is a master at critiquing a student writer's work without putting the writer on the defensive or making her feel any distress. She is a sensitive and smart reader and editor and very knowledgeable about poetry and writing," wrote a 92Y student.

Manuscript Submission Required


Brief Bio

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is author of Placebo Effects, Curious Conduct and Burning of the Three Fires. She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. “Here is one great blessed eyeball encountering the world, no, colliding with it in endless cancellations, where to see, to think, and to imagine combine in one impulse to make a poetry of poetries,” writes Mary Ruefle about Beaumont’s work.

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  • Poetry with Jeanne Beaumont

    First Session: Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9 pm

    Instructor: Jeanne Beaumont

    Day(s): Thursday

    Sessions: 8

    Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

    Room: Room To Be Assigned

    Price: from $420.00








    Manuscript Submission Required.

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