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Explorations in Imitation: Using Poetry to Communicate the Uncommunicable (Online course)

January 11, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm EST

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Monday and Thursday, repeating until March 4, 2021

James Cole

Instructor: James Cole
$189 Members | $210 Nonmembers
Mondays and Thursdays, 1/11/21 – 3/4/21 | 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

The goal of poetry has always been to communicate sensation and emotion through keen deployment of sound, structure, and image. However, the concrete nature of language imposes limits on our ability to share experiences. How does one use noumena (things as they are) to convey phenomenon (things as they appear) in an effective, engaging way? How can poets produce nuance to illustrate the complexities of cognition and perception? Luckily, many gifted writers have shown us that language can be infinitely organized into unique configurations in order to demonstrate meaning in unconventional ways.

In this course, students will have workshopping sessions for their own poems and opportunities to broaden their creative repertoire through a careful study of non-traditional styles. The class will address the function and philosophy of poetry, both in its utility for the self and for wider audiences.

James Cole is an author, poet, scientist, and filmmaker based out of Charlottesville, VA. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Virginia Medical School, where he studies degenerative retinal diseases. In 2016 he won The Gallery Poetry Prize and in 2017 he was a Semi-Finalist for the VWC Golden Nib Award. He is the founder of the Charlottesville Poetry Critique Circle, a community organizer for the Live Poets Society, and a regular instructor at the VWC Annual Symposium. His first collection, Crow, come home, was released by VerbalEyze Press in November of 2019.

Registration is closed for this ongoing class. 


January 11, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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James Cole


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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