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Sound and Form in Poem Construction with Shadd Piehl

"All you need to do is find a good line
To start a poem, tack another one plumb
Below the first. It is a bit like art,
A bit like carpentry, bit like life,
Or a lot like, but often not enough."

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Sound and Form in Poem Construction with Shadd Piehl

This is a 6-meeting virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Thursdays, Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 

6:30-8 pm CT

About this class:

This class will focus on refining sound and line in the writing of poems by examining structure and meter and through the reading, discussing, and writing of different forms of poetry.

Instructor bio:

Shadd Piehl is a fifth-generation North Dakotan. His poetry has appeared in the anthologies, "Between Earth and Sky: Contemporary Cowboy Poets," "Maverick Western Verse," "Brushstrokes and Balladeers," and the magazines "Aluminum Canoe," "Pemmican," "Red Weather," and "Dry Crik Review," among others. A private investigator and adjunct English instructor at Bismarck State College, Shadd lives along Crown Butte Creek in the Heart River valley west of Mandan with his family.

HND Value Statement

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota. However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally. Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University. To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities

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