Genie in a Bottle: Crafting Poems with Power

Leatha Kendrick

Leatha Kendrick’s fourth collection, Almanac of the Invisible, was published by Larkspur Press in 2014. Recent poems appear in The Southern Poetry Review, The James Dickey Review, The Southern Women’s Review, The Baltimore Review, Appalachian Journal, Still: An Online Journal, and elsewhere. Her poems, essays and fiction appear in anthologies, including I to I: Life Writing by Kentucky Feminists, A Kentucky Christmas; The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Contemporary Appalachia and What Comes Down to Us – Twenty-Five Contemporary Kentucky Poets. In addition to writing and teaching, her passions include four grandchildren, one small black dog, walking, knitting, cooking, and growing herbs.


  • Meets On:
        Thursdays, October 4 - November 8
  • Address:
    251 W. Second Street
    Lexington, KY, 40507
  • Cost:
    $108

With Leatha Kendrick.

Writing good poems requires contained passion. As Richard Wilbur put it, “The strength of the genie comes of his being confined in a bottle.” To write a poem that creates rather than relates what the poet has experienced and felt, we must consider the poem as a made thing—a container to carry all we think we’re putting into it, and more (if we’re lucky). In this six-week class, we will draft and revise poems focusing on elements of meter, rhythm, sound, and line that allow the force of our poems to emerge. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!]

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