📜 It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's a Poem! Demystifying the Poetic Form with Danielle Gasparro 📜

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Kent Public Library
Program Room

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Due to the impending storm, all in person programming is cancelled. Kent Library will be closing at 4pm.

A lively, eye-opening workshop that proves no superpowers are needed to readily interpret and enjoy poetry's beguiling design.

Are you drawn to poetry's magical charms, but hesitant to curl up with its often befuddling form? Do you shy away from reading verse because too many poems have double-crossed you by line three? Hudson Valley-based poet, songstress, and indie-teaching artist Danielle Gasparro understands these woes, and has an invented a foolproof cure in her illuminating workshop: It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's a Poem! Demystifying the Poetic Form.

The program, open to adults of all experience levels, is being presented by Gasparro in partnership with several branches of the Mid-Hudson Library System, as part of a visionary touring initiative that launches this spring, in sync with National Poetry Month. The tour's aim? To expand poetry's meaningful reach by empowering curious but reluctant readers with the critical know-how and daring spirit needed to greet any poem with ease. As Gasparro, a  passionate artist and self-proclaimed un-caped crusader of verse, sees it, "There is no wizard to contend with when approaching even the most suspicious or mysterious lines of verse. There is instead a map, available to everyone, that leads to the noble human behind the curtain of every poem's word-sorcery. My pledge to workshop participants is that they will leave our time together with this map tucked inside the toolkit of their literary minds."

The live, two-hour workshop packs quite the instructive punch, with guided discussions, impassioned readings, curated video clips, and an interactive examination of craft serving as the inspiring pathways to learning. Gasparro cites the notion of a favorite poet, Lucille Clifton, as the program's underlying maxim, "Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language," as she contends that "poems are not here to merely be read, but to befriend us, to encourage and guide us along this intricate journey called life, by keeping our daily courses charted to the junctures of truth, meaning, compassion, and connection."

Danielle Gasparro is a Hudson River Valley-based wordsmith, songsmith, and teaching artist. She holds a BA in Creative Writing with honors from Florida State University and an MFA in Poetry from New England College. Having forged a meaningful path and national audience as a touring singer-songwriter for nearly two decades, in 2018, Gasparro shifted her artist lens to her work as a literary artist. A published poet and passionate educator, Gasparro creates and presents dynamic, eye-opening workshops and lectures in partnership with public libraries, universities, and arts & wellness organizations. Beginning fall 2022, Gasparro will be pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction with Naropa
University's Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics. 

To learn more about her adventures in verse & song, visit: www.daniellegasparro.com

Event Type(s): Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adults

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