Pathways: Poetry and Objects

September 16, 2020

By Nancy Kuhl

In Fall 2020, Professor Karin Roffman’s Beinecke Library undergraduate class, Poetry and Objects, will be re-imagined online for New Haven public high school students through Yale’s Pathways to Arts and Humanities program.

Inspired by the Library’s spring Creativity in Isolation series to imaginativly engage with the Library’s collections from afar, Roffman and co-instructor Nancy Kuhl have collaborated with Pathways to plan this creative writing and reading workshop focusing on everyday objects in poems —buttons, spoons, ribbons, paper bags, and boxes—and considering how these things are described (or not described) in our daily language and in poetry. 

Students will explore documents and objects from the Beinecke Library’s collections—many of which can be found online in the Beinecke’s Digital Library.

For more information contact Sarah Wessler or apply online: Poetry and Objects: An Introduction

Pictured: buttons from the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers with curator’s note