Poetry III (Saturdays):
Inadequacy of Language – Erotic, Deep Image, Political Poems – Still More Tools

Class Information


First class starts on Saturday, January 6, 2024


1 PM – 4 PM


Five Sessions

Saturdays, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 & 2/3


Zoom (Live)








Group Description

Note: Though this class is offered as part of the Certificate in Poetry Writingthere is no pre-requisite to join this class. All students, members, and nonmembers are encouraged to enroll.


The poet should develop a strategy of revision. Often the good poem is attained through rigorous revision of the original draft. We will examine different approaches to revision as well as the more esoteric poem-making tools and types of poems and their uses and effects. In this session we will begin discussion of the structure of published books of poetry.





Upon completion of this workshop, you will have:


  1. Explored different revision techniques and how they match your writing style.
  2. Identified the importance of poem titles.
  3. Considered the nature of “truth” in contemporary poetry.
  4. Discussed the history of “deep image.”
  5. Explored different types of poems.
  6. Read and analyzed two poetry books.





Introduction to Poetry Three, review tips for evaluating a book of poetry, poem critique, workshop etiquette. Revision techniques.

Homework: begin to pick/order your books. Take home writing prompt.




  • Poem titles, lying in Poetry. Discussion of manuscript/book organization
  • Read and critique workshop




  • Deep Image, the erotic poem
  • Read and critique workshop




  • Inadequacy of Language, the list poem
  • Read and critique workshop




  • Political or Science poems, the funny poem
  • Read and critique workshop





Each participant will choose one book of poetry and one poetry craft book and submit, by week 5, a one to two page analysis of the book and its value, or not, to the individual’s poetry writing. Poem prompts will be given each week with the anticipation that the participants will generate new work. Participants are expected to actively participate in the read and critique portions of the workshop.

Certificate Discount

If you buy all five of the workshops in the certificate separately, the total cost amounts to $1,350. If you purchase all five of them as a package, you will receive a 20% discount and will only pay a total of $1,080. This discount is only good for members.


Please note that you will receive your Zoom link via email 24 hours before the start of this class. If you enroll in this class less than 24 hours before it begins, please either send us a message or email us at programs@sandiegowriters.org to request your link.


Please be advised that it is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that it does not get canceled or rescheduled. Policies regarding registration, refunds, cancellations, etc. can be found on our policies page. If you would like to provide feedback regarding this class, please feel free to complete an evaluation form.