Poetry takes us to the deep and sometimes vulnerable places of our lives, and it is in such places that those who write and those who read often meet, finding compassion and support. Each week, we will look at the life of a black poet and read his or her poetry. In response, we will write a poem, sharpen specific skills of poetry, and present our poems in the supportive environment of the next class. The exercise may invoke a better understanding of the lives of Black Americans. It may also inform us of the place of racism, white supremacy and white privilege in our culture and our lives. Poets of all experience levels are welcome.
Bill Petz (firstname.lastname@example.org) holds degrees in divinity and education and has been writing poetry for 20 years. In addition to his published writing, he has utilized poetry in men’s groups, health support groups and criminal justice intervention groups. Bill has considerable experience in teaching, training and small group facilitation.