Nature Morte: Still Life as a Subject for Poetry

Use visual art to inspire your creativity.

9 Tuesdays:
April 5, 12, 19, & 26
May 3, 10, 17, & 24
May 31 – Readings

6-7:30 PM Pacific

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Members $219 | Nonmembers $249

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Still life painting celebrates not only material pleasures and the beauty of natural and human-made objects but also serves as a reminder of how quickly they fade away. Candles, hourglasses, and human skulls appear next to vases of cut flowers, commenting on the fleeting nature of life.

In this class, we will write ekphrastic poems (poems inspired by visual art) in response to still life paintings from great artists of the Impressionist period, the Dutch Masters, and contemporary artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Each week, we’ll study the work of a different artist, sharing our insights with the class. As part of a writing community, we’ll comment constructively on each other’s work, giving and receiving feedback in a respectful manner. . By the end of the course, students will have eight drafts or completed poems, one for each week, and an appreciation for ekphrasis as an inspiration for poetic creativity.


The final class will be a reading of work, open to family and friends.


About the Instructor

Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. In 2019, she won the Zocalo Poetry Prize. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place, and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Atticus Review, Contrary, Convergence, Spillway, Cider Press Review, Eclectica, The Tishman Review, Tinderbox, The Red Wheelbarrow, and Main Street Rag, among others. She is the founder of Girls’ Voices Matter, an arts education program for teen girls. Erica is the editor of Sticks & Stones, a monthly poetry newsletter. Please visit her at www.ericagoss.com.


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