Matt Mason: I’m Not Going to Write a Poem About the Fucking Pandemic

Feb/March 2021

It’s not the star, it’s the weather

Starts February 24, 2021

  • Wednesdays @ 3:30 PM PST
  • Feb 24, Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 17

In this workshop, we will work on writing poetry, with some discussion about publication. And we will not write about the fucking pandemic. I’m tired of writing poems about the pandemic, about quarantine, about masks, about hospitals filling, about idiocy by political leaders.

Let’s not be like the teenage guitar player who was in love with someone who treated them wrong and they’ll show them by writing song after song about them. That doesn’t show them. What shows them is pushing them from the foreground to the background.

Of course they’re still there, but you can’t see them from up close, you have the illusion they’re not there until you get to 10,000 feet above, that’s where you see them. So the pandemic, it may be there, it may be in the poem, but not front and center, it’s not the star, it’s the weather on the day of the show.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. He has run poetry programs for the State Department in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus and been on 6 teams at the National Poetry Slam. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and his work can be found in The New York Times, on NPR’s Morning Edition, and in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. Mason’s 3rd book, I Have a Poem the Size of the Moon, was just released by Stephen F. Austin University Press.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Weeks