Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Savor an evening of beauty and reflection, anchoring us in the hope that both poetry and music offer to us. Join poet Michael Dennis Browne as he interweaves music clips and words in a virtual reading from his new book Build Me a Boat, which gathers words that Browne has written for music over the past fifty years. Some are poems written with music in mind; others are lyrics, song cycles, songs for children, and libretti written as he collaborated with a number of different composers.
The result is a volume that sits comfortably between poetry and music, lyrical and rhythmic and memorable.
The session will be held via Zoom and has a total contact time of 1.5 hours.
Online Course Expectations + Details:
- Register as individuals; if more than one person from your household is taking the course, ensure that you are participating in the course from separate devices.
- After registering and prior to the date of Build Me a Boat, you will receive an email from Wisdom Ways with the Zoom link and other information.
- Have the technology and internet connection that allow for stable video and audio connection through a computer or a hand-held device (e.g., tablet or smart phone).
- This Zoom session will open 15 minutes prior to the start time so that any technological challenges can be addressed.
- This Zoom session will include a facilitator from Wisdom Ways who will help navigate any small groups, and the questions and comments that are shared through the chat function.
Two of Michael Dennis Browne’s collections of poetry have won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry. As a librettist and lyricist, he has written many texts for music, working for almost four decades with the late composer Stephen Paulus (To Be Certain of the Dawn, a post-Holocaust oratorio) and now Craig Hella Johnson (Considering Matthew Shepard). A professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, his most recent collection of poetry is Chimes.
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