Poetry and zoos and poetry

I wanted to mention this article about a project taking place at New York’s Central Park zoo. It’s a poetry installation by Sandra Alcosser, who I had the honor to learn from at San Diego State University’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Although I was accepted into the program for my prose writing, it required us to take several classes in the discipline outside our area – which meant I had to study poetry – for me a very scary proposition! I took my first poetry class with Sandra – then took all my other poetry classes from her – she is that good!

Through her class I read several contemporary poets I may have never read. I also wrote some (bad, in my estimation) poetry. I never did pick up a desire to write poetry, but the experience definitely changed the way I wrote prose.


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