Finding Poetry in Everyday Life (7-8)

Students in this class will explore poetic forms and expression through observing, reading, and writing. The class will visit art museums and libraries and travel through nature and cityscapes of Los Angeles, reading relevant historical and contemporary poems. Students will reflect on and interact with their experiences through a variety of traditional and experimental poetic forms including sonnets, lyrics, odes, haiku, sestinas, prose poems, found poems, and more. Another activity will be a translation workshop expose students to the poetics of other cultures and languages. The class will also incorporate processes of editing, performance, and publishing. Students will curate, design, and self-publish a collection of their poetry from the Immersion in a chapbook. Students will also give a public reading or spoken word performance, make an audio recording, or create a visual art piece related to their poetry. Field trips may include 826LA, MOCA, Los Angeles Public Library, Getty Villa, Charmlee Nature Park, Downtown Theater District walking tour, Huntington Library and/or Barnsdall Art Park. Guest speakers could include local poets, publishers, printers, or professors.


David Janik
David Janik studied writing and literature at Bard College. A book designer, musician, and writer, he has also taught in the CalArts program and ACE Exploratorium at Oakwood. He is currently pursuing a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CSU Northridge