Gift of the Gab

Volume No. 1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gift of the Gab

Gift of the Gab: /gIft . əv . θə . gæb/ n. the innate capability to capture the candid characteristics of language

WHAT WE'RE UP TO:

[What We’re Up To: the Poetics Lab would like to thank everyone who has donated so far!! We are close to making our first goal. You can still donate
on our website or on our page until the day our workshops start on the 7th!
Link to Donate:

https://www.tpoeticslab.com/make-a-donation.

 

And, speaking of our workshops! Our high school workshop is open for sign-ups, and we still have seats available! If you or a high school student you know would be interested in participating in our summer workshop, you can sign up here:
https://forms.gle/yJBzoX7t8WseDWmTA!


You can also scan this code:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are offering a FREE workshop series and the opportunity to be published in a community chapbook! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at director@tpoeticslab.com!

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LITERARY FUN FACT:

“The porridge ate Goldilocks” sounds like the tagline to a poorly directed and low-budget horror remake of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But, outside of the theatrical take on the statement, why doesn’t this sentence make sense? Similarly, one might say, “I solved the puzzle” but never, “I solved the chair!” (Though we admit Ikea might see the two sentences as synonymous).

 

 

 

 

 


 

The reason why lies within the Theta Roles of a sentence’s verb. These internal thematic indicators dictate whether or not a sentence makes sense. But, as Mitchel Dipzinski’s professor said, “If you can find a way to solve a chair, well, that’s poetry".

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POET SPOTLIGHT

Katie Kalisz is a Professor in the English Department at Grand Rapids Community College, where she teaches composition and creative writing. Quiet Woman, her first book, was a finalist for the 2018 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award


[While glassy-eyed attendants stretched
in rhythmic lines/ past his taut mother
in the front pew,/ I tried to imagine
the nearly grown child inside of me/
dying before I did.]

Poem Excerpt from: Quiet Woman

To learn more about her and her work you can check out her website here: https://www.katiekalisz.com/

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Gift of the Gab

Gift of the Gab: /gIft . əv . θə . gæb/ n. the innate capability to capture the candid characteristics of language

WHAT WE'RE UP TO:

It’s What We’re Doin’ Wednesday, and the Poetics Lab is excited to be reaching out to the community for program sign-ups! Our high school program is open for participants to sign up. If you are or know a high school student who would be interested in joining a community poetry workshop, you can join the Poetics Lab through this link: https://forms.gle/vLLEE4feLPAS6qhR9


We at the Poetics Lab are also very excited to offer an adult 18+ poetry
class this summer. Stay tuned for more information and registration details in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also been ardently working towards
meeting our fundraising goals so that every student can attend our program for free this summer! We appreciate all those who have donated, and if you haven’t but are looking to get involved you can follow this link to donate:

https://www.tpoeticslab.com/make-a-donation


Any amount helps us to reach our goal!

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LITERARY FUN FACT:

The poet T.S. Eliot supported himself by taking on day jobs as a teacher, banker, and editor. He wrote his poetry
on the side, and actually preferred pursuing his passion part time.

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POET SPOTLIGHT

the Poetics Lab is so excited to be introducing a Michigan poet for this week’s Poet Spotlight! Joe Bastow is an amazing poet, teacher, and father right here in our hometown of Alpena, MI. Him and his sister started the
Susan Lane Foundation, and have been pillars of poetry within our community. We are honored to be working with
Joe, and we are excited to share his work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at his organization here:

https://susanlane.org/
Joe provides us with a look from a selected poem, Autumn, by Rainer Maria Rilke.
The first line reads: “The leaves fall, fall as from far” Find the whole poem here:
https://poets.org/poem/autumn-8

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Gift of the Gab

Gift of the Gab: /gIft . əv . θə . gæb/ n. the innate capability to capture the candid characteristics of language

WHAT WE'RE UP TO:

This week at tPL we are excited to have officially kickstarted our fundraising campaign to help raise funds for this summer’s workshop! If you would like to get involved or support the Poetics Lab please scan this QR code to donate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any amount helps and is extremely appreciated! :) In addition, guess who was on WBKB11 News this Saturday??? That’s right! It was our very own Mitchel Dipzinski! He talks about the scholarships we are fundraising for and who can participate in summer workshops! If you weren’t able to catch him at 11pm on Saturday, don’t fret! You can watch it here:

https://youtu.be/Q4brL_RCcno

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LITERARY FUN FACT:

Ernest Hemingway was a profession- al bullfighter; he also pioneered his own signature brand of rum. No wonder there’s a lot of allegorical bullfighting references within his novel The Sun Also Rises!

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POET SPOTLIGHT

Joy Priest is the author of HORSEPOWER (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2021 NEA fellowship and a 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, and has won the 2020 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from APR, and the Gearhart Poetry Prize from The Southeast Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[I had, for / year, been taught to live that way: Black, unassuming, / zipped up in history--a disease not even progress can cure.]

 From the poem “Abecedarian for Alzheimers”

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Gift of the Gab

Gift of the Gab: /gIft . əv . θə . gæb/ n. the innate capability to capture the candid characteristics of language

WHAT WE'RE UP TO:

[What We’re Up To: the Poetics Lab would like to thank everyone who has donated so far!! We are close to making our first goal. You can still donate
on our website or on our page until the day our workshops start on the 7th!
Link to Donate:

https://www.tpoeticslab.com/make-a-donation.

 

And, speaking of our workshops! Our high school workshop is open for sign-ups, and we still have seats available! If you or a high school student you know would be interested in participating in our summer workshop, you can sign up here:
https://forms.gle/yJBzoX7t8WseDWmTA!


You can also scan this code:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are offering a FREE workshop series and the opportunity to be published in a community chapbook! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at director@tpoeticslab.com!

QR_HS SignUp_tPL21.png
The Gift of the Gab- Issue 9 final.jpg

Volume No. 1 Issue _

tPL-Logo_edited_edited_edited_edited_edi

LITERARY FUN FACT:

“The porridge ate Goldilocks” sounds like the tagline to a poorly directed and low-budget horror remake of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But, outside of the theatrical take on the statement, why doesn’t this sentence make sense? Similarly, one might say, “I solved the puzzle” but never, “I solved the chair!” (Though we admit Ikea might see the two sentences as synonymous).

 

 

 

 

 


 

The reason why lies within the Theta Roles of a sentence’s verb. These internal thematic indicators dictate whether or not a sentence makes sense. But, as Mitchel Dipzinski’s professor said, “If you can find a way to solve a chair, well, that’s poetry".

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POET SPOTLIGHT

Katie Kalisz is a Professor in the English Department at Grand Rapids Community College, where she teaches composition and creative writing. Quiet Woman, her first book, was a finalist for the 2018 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award


[While glassy-eyed attendants stretched
in rhythmic lines/ past his taut mother
in the front pew,/ I tried to imagine
the nearly grown child inside of me/
dying before I did.]

Poem Excerpt from: Quiet Woman

To learn more about her and her work you can check out her website here: https://www.katiekalisz.com/

Kalisz+color+(1).jpg

Follow Us:

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  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Gift of the Gab

Gift of the Gab: /gIft . əv . θə . gæb/ n. the innate capability to capture the candid characteristics of language

WHAT WE'RE UP TO:

It’s What We’re Doin’ Wednesday, and the Poetics Lab is excited to be reaching out to the community for program sign-ups! Our high school program is open for participants to sign up. If you are or know a high school student who would be interested in joining a community poetry workshop, you can join the Poetics Lab through this link: https://forms.gle/vLLEE4feLPAS6qhR9


We at the Poetics Lab are also very excited to offer an adult 18+ poetry
class this summer. Stay tuned for more information and registration details in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also been ardently working towards
meeting our fundraising goals so that every student can attend our program for free this summer! We appreciate all those who have donated, and if you haven’t but are looking to get involved you can follow this link to donate:

https://www.tpoeticslab.com/make-a-donation


Any amount helps us to reach our goal!

poetry.jpg

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Volume No. 1 Issue _

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LITERARY FUN FACT:

The poet T.S. Eliot supported himself by taking on day jobs as a teacher, banker, and editor. He wrote his poetry
on the side, and actually preferred pursuing his passion part time.

The Gift of the Gab- Issue 8 Final.jpg

POET SPOTLIGHT

the Poetics Lab is so excited to be introducing a Michigan poet for this week’s Poet Spotlight! Joe Bastow is an amazing poet, teacher, and father right here in our hometown of Alpena, MI. Him and his sister started the
Susan Lane Foundation, and have been pillars of poetry within our community. We are honored to be working with
Joe, and we are excited to share his work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at his organization here:

https://susanlane.org/
Joe provides us with a look from a selected poem, Autumn, by Rainer Maria Rilke.
The first line reads: “The leaves fall, fall as from far” Find the whole poem here:
https://poets.org/poem/autumn-8

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Gift of the Gab

Gift of the Gab: /gIft . əv . θə . gæb/ n. the innate capability to capture the candid characteristics of language

WHAT WE'RE UP TO:

Hello tPL friends and family! We are excited to announce the official start
to our fundraising campaign!! Our first fundraising goal is $3,600, covering twenty $180 scholarships for our participants. It’s our mission to provide free arts and identity based education to everyone who wishes to attend, and we can only reach our goal with your help. 
To help us bring poetry workshops to the Alpena community, please visit our website and donate here:
https://www.tpoeticslab.com/make-a-donation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If the page comes up as an error, copy and paste the link into your browser or message us with questions! Thank you! :)

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LITERARY FUN FACT:

What do the words “celebration” and “au- rora” have in common other than that scene where Brittany Murphy sings “Somebody to Love” in the 2006 movie Happy Feet? They are both collective nouns for polar bears. A collective noun is how we describe a group of animals, people or things in general. For instance, the collective noun for owls is “parliament” and the collective noun for crows is “murder.” While these are more technical terms for our friends in the animal kingdom (I guess we can be friends with crows), collective nouns can also be invented. While there isn’t an agreed upon collective noun for poets, the Poetics Lab team would like to submit “lexicon” as a vote.

POET SPOTLIGHT

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Ocean Vuong: Born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Hartford, Connecticut in a working class family of nail salon and factory laborers. Ocean Vuong is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. 

 

[Because the butterfly’s yellow wing/ flickering in black mud/was a word /stranded by its language./Because no one else was coming—/& I ran out of reasons.]

From the poem: Essay on Craft

Gift of the Gab

Gift of the Gab: /gIft . əv . θə . gæb/ n. the innate capability to capture the candid characteristics of language

WHAT WE'RE UP TO:

It’s What We’re Doin’ Wednesday, and the Poetics Lab is excited to be reaching out to the community for program sign-ups! Our high school program is open for participants to sign up. If you are or know a high school student who would be interested in joining a community poetry workshop, you can join the Poetics Lab through this link: https://forms.gle/vLLEE4feLPAS6qhR9


We at the Poetics Lab are also very excited to offer an adult 18+ poetry
class this summer. Stay tuned for more information and registration details in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also been ardently working towards
meeting our fundraising goals so that every student can attend our program for free this summer! We appreciate all those who have donated, and if you haven’t but are looking to get involved you can follow this link to donate:

https://www.tpoeticslab.com/make-a-donation


Any amount helps us to reach our goal!

poetry.jpg

Follow Us:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Volume No. 1 Issue _

tPL-Logo_edited_edited_edited_edited_edi

LITERARY FUN FACT:

The poet T.S. Eliot supported himself by taking on day jobs as a teacher, banker, and editor. He wrote his poetry
on the side, and actually preferred pursuing his passion part time.

The Gift of the Gab- Issue 8 Final.jpg

POET SPOTLIGHT

the Poetics Lab is so excited to be introducing a Michigan poet for this week’s Poet Spotlight! Joe Bastow is an amazing poet, teacher, and father right here in our hometown of Alpena, MI. Him and his sister started the
Susan Lane Foundation, and have been pillars of poetry within our community. We are honored to be working with
Joe, and we are excited to share his work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at his organization here:

https://susanlane.org/
Joe provides us with a look from a selected poem, Autumn, by Rainer Maria Rilke.
The first line reads: “The leaves fall, fall as from far” Find the whole poem here:
https://poets.org/poem/autumn-8

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