T103 | The Poetry of Animals: What They Teach Us and How They Help Us Heal 


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In-person at Berkshire Community College

1350 West Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Room G-12

5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28

Five Sessions 

Please note that all in-person attendees are required to be masked at all times and provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19, or a negative test within the past 48-72 hours.

Even the smallest animal can play an enormous role in our lives. Why ae they important? Why do we love or hate them? Using poetry, we will look at what we learn from pets and animals in the field, savannah, and other natural habitats. We will read and discuss a wide variety of poems and received prompts for writing our own prose or poetry. No experience necessary. Just come and allow your imagination free reign!


Recommended Reading:

Reading packets will be provided-- the preliminary list of poems can be accessed here

Students should come to class with writing material and photos of pets or other animals they like or dislike

Jerri Chaplin has a BA in English from the University of the Pacific. A member of the Institute for Poetic Medicine, the International Alliance of Poetry Therapy, and the W.B. Yeats Society, she is a Certified Poetry Therapist and winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Association for Poetry Therapy in 1999. She was first Poet-in-Residence at Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, in 1996, the author of three books of poetry, and of other poems published in seven anthologies.

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