Oxygen Art Centre celebrates poetry with a number of new online offerings. Photo: Submitted

Oxygen Art Centre celebrates poetry with a number of new online offerings. Photo: Submitted

Oxygen Art Centre celebrates National Poetry Month

Online poetry classes run through April

Starting in February and running through to the end of April, Oxygen Art Centre is proud to offer online poetry classes for poets and poetry lovers of all levels.

Instructor Rayya Liebich will help demystify reading and writing poetry, and to share what she says is “delight in language play, have fun creating poems collaboratively, and most importantly discover that poetry is a gift for everyone.”

Liebich offering 3 different classes: Be Not Afeard: A Poetry Workshop for Beginners, Tapping the Poetic Unconscious, and April Poetry Challenge: 30 Days, 30 Poems!

Oxygen officially kicks off their 2021 National Poetry Month celebrations with an online event featuring poetry and music to take on the dark times Canadian are enduring. On Wednesday March 31 at 7 p.m., Winlaw author Tom Wayman and Vernon author and musician John Lent present “Dark Times Come Again No More” on Zoom. R.S.V.P. to attend by emailing info@oxygenartcentre.org.

Following this event, join Susan Andrews Grace in Reading and Writing Rilke throughout April. This course will employ close reading of Rainer Marie Rilke’s poetry as inception for the participants’ own composition. There will be exploration of sound, rhythm, image, and mystery/soul in Rilke.

“For a long while, I’ve wanted to offer a course on Rilke that looks very closely at the text in order to learn more about writing,” says Grace. “Rilke bears close reading. The writing in class will use the Practice of the Outside, posited by Jack Spicer, an American poet. In the class we will not be workshopping writing but rather spending all our time on reading and writing. It will be process-centred.”

During these difficult pandemic times we are all missing spending time with our friends and family, so take an online course together! Oxygen is now offering a 10 per cent discount for bringing a friend to any art class. Alternatively, give the gift of creativity with the new Oxygen Education Gift Certificate.

For more information on courses, Oxygen Gift Certificates, Bring a Friend discount, and to register: www.oxygenartcentre.org, education@oxygenartcentre.org.

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