San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Poetry Center San Jose Presents
Survey common meters with examples,
learn to scan, metric writing and feedback
with poet Casey FitzSimons
We’ll read several types of meter in examples from contemporary and historical poets, listen to the differences in sound, and discuss why some poets write “in form.” We’ll define several common “feet”—iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, amphibrach—and see how they’re used in lines of various length—trimeter, tetrameter, pentameter, hexameter. We’ll distinguish meter and rhythm, and discuss common metric variations. You’ll learn to scan, showing stressed and unstressed syllables.
We’ll have three writing interludes, try our hands at ballad meter and iambic pentameter. You can write a sonnet if you like! Meter is the focus, but we’ll talk a little about rhyme as we encounter it. Voluntary small-group sharing and feedback between discussion segments.
Whether you are new to poetry, new to “formal” poetry, or have experience with meter and form, we hope you will join us.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKSHOP CONTENT:
WHAT TO BRING:
Sack lunch and snack, notebook or looseleaf paper, pen or pencil.
WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED:
Sample poems, scanned samples, lines and poems to scan, reference glossary, and resource list. Hot water for tea will be available.
You can park in the Staff/Volunteer lot (enter on Phelan) if there is space. Because of concurrent programs at History Park, you may need to park in a visitor lot and pay the parking fee. The Firehouse is located diagonally across the intersection from the Edwin Markham House.
CASEY FITZSIMONS is a frequent featured reader at Bay Area poetry venues including First Wednesday Formal in Albany, and is coordinating host of Not Yet Dead Poet Society in Redwood City. Her poems have appeared in print in Red Wheelbarrow, The Sand Hill Review, The Newport Review, pacificREVIEW, Stealing Time, and the Willow Glen anthologies Shared Light and No Ordinary Language; and online in Rock Bottom Journal, Hobo Camp Review, EarthSpeak, The Prose-Poem Project, flashquake, Leveler, Astropoetica, Halfway Down the Stairs, and others. She has been a finalist in the River Styx and Writecorner Press poetry competitions and was honored this year in the Rita Dove Awards at Salem College, the Maggi H. Meyer 33 contest sponsored by Bay Area Poets Coalition, and the Ina Coolbrith Circle’s annual competition. Her chapbooks include The Breeze Was Mine: Poems in Form (2013), Riding Witness (2012), and No Longer Any Need (2011). Casey taught art in San Francisco for many years. Her reviews of local exhibitions frequently appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San José State University.
When & Where
Poetry Center San Jose
Poetry Center San José promotes and supports the literary arts in San José. Over the past three decades, PCSJ has brought hundreds of exceptional writers from around the country to read from their works and, in many cases, to conduct workshops for local writers. PCSJ is a nonprofit organization established in 1978. Its base of operations is in the charming turn-of-the-century Victorian home where the renown poet Edwin Markham once lived, now located in San Jose History Park. Since the Fall of 2000, PCSJ has sponsored a series of readings by local poets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Poetry Center San José is a member supported organization