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Class Name :

Class Date :

March 31 - April 21

Meeting Times :

Sat 1–4pm (4 sessions)

Class Location :

Community Room

Instructor :

Joseph Stanton

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About this Class:

 Starting with Art • POJS181L34

Widely published poet and art historian Joseph Stanton’s workshop encourages the writing of poems in response to any and all forms of artistic experience. The workshop comprises a series of exercises in the enjoyment and appreciation of the arts as well pragmatic training in the writing of poetry. The emphasis will be on responding to visual arts, with special emphasis on works at HoMA, but there will also be attention to the other arts—music, dance, theater, film. Although the focus will be on “starting with art,” there will be no expectation that students’ finished poems will necessarily be “about art.” Poems can be on any subject or on no subject at all, but there is a value and an excitement about “starting with art” that this workshop will explore. A version of this workshop was presented with great success last summer at Poets House in New York City.

Each session involves work in a classroom with participants writing in response to exercises and visits to artworks on view in the galleries.


Students should come to class with writing implements. They should have pen or pencil and a writing tablet or notebook.

Artist bio

Joseph Stanton’s five poetry books are Things Seen, Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art, A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban Oahu, Cardinal Points: Poems on St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, and What the Kite Thinks: A Linked Poem (co-authored with Makoto Ooka, Wing Tek Lum, and Jean Toyama). His other books include Looking for Edward Gorey, The Important Books: Children’s Picture Books as Art and Literature, Stan Musial: A Biography, and A Hawaii Anthology. His art historical work has focused primarily on American art; and he has published widely on such artists as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Maurice Sendak, and Edward Gorey. He is a Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His awards include the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, the Cades Award for Literature, the Ekphrasis Prize, the Vaughan Poetry Award, and the Ka Palapala Pookela Award.

The Rainbow by Robert Delaunay, Honolulu Museum of Art

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