What do poetry and neuroplasticity have to do with each other? Find out at the mind-expanding classes, workshops or symposiums being offered around town this month.
Writers of all levels can re-carve synaptic grooves in Poetry Center classes or in the monthly book club, and will have a chance to peer inside the world of book-making and hear talks about publishing and book arts at the InPrint Symposium at the end of the month. When we have new experiences, scientists say, new neural pathways are forged, perhaps helping to keep us smarter and young-minded. Show your support for poetry in Tucson and make a mind-changing move.
7 p.m. Friday, Casa Libre en la Solana, 228 N. Fourth Ave.
This month's community discussion topic: The Road. Come to the symposium with something to share regarding the subject of "the road." Come to think, listen, talk, laugh or to observe other people thinking, listening, talking or laughing. Bring a text, a painting, a song, a poem, an object, a dream, a tool, a phrase, a memory. Come to the symposium exactly as you are. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
At the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.
• Poetry in Bloom: Reading and Writing Poems of Flowers, Gardens and Landscapes with Simmons Buntin at the Poetry Center; first class meets on Feb. 18. Read and discuss poems of and about plants, drawing on the long history of flowers and gardens and leafy landscapes in poetry, and participate in poetry-writing exercises and a workshop. One class will be held in the field on a botanical trip. Tuition: $170 and a $5 course material fee.
• Listening to Sound Poetry with John Melillo
First class meets on Feb. 19. Learn to tune your ears to poetry as a sound art. In this class, students will listen to sound poetry (whether performed or on the page) with an ear toward discovering how these strange sonic performances and meditations reveal a seemingly hidden world of thought and feeling. Tuition: $170.
• A Closer Look Book Club
Reading Samuel Beckett's novel "Molloy," 6 p.m. Feb. 21.
The series this year will feature works in translation. Poet Brian Blanchfield will lead the discussion. In his words, "The novel is in two parts, with two main characters, on two sorts of quest, and Beckett wrote it twice, first in French and then in English. It's a very odd and somewhat coarse novel ... that undoes itself; in fact, it's the first book of a trilogy that utterly disintegrates by the end."
RSVP Cybele Knowles at email@example.com
POG InPrint Symposium
• 7 p.m. Feb. 15: Opening statement by Charles Alexander, panel discussion with Alexander, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Alice Vinson, Kyle Schlesinger and Karen Zimmerman. Reception to follow. This event is at The Drawing Studio, 33 S. Sixth Ave.
• Workshops, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 16 at The Letterpress Lab at the UA, 1035 E. Mabel St.
• 8 a.m.-noon: Amos Paul Kennedy Jr: "The Art and Craft of Letterpress Printing" (an inky printing workshop)
Charles Alexander: "Writing for the Artist's Book" (a conceptual and writing workshop).
• 1-5 p.m.: Kyle Schlesinger: "The Broadside" (history, examples and letterpress action)
Alice Vinson: "Making the Artist's Book" (paper art, printing art, collage art and more).
• Poetry reading by Kyle Schlesinger, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at The Drawing Studio, 33 S. Sixth Ave.
Cost: $5 for each evening event, $3 students. Workshops $75 for one, $125 for two.
Space is limited. Make reservations at 275-4330.
Annie Guthrie is a poet, artist and member of the UA Poetry Center staff. Poetry Lines runs in the Star monthly. To submit information on poetry events or to find more events, go to dailystarcalendar.com