Blah, Blah, Love: Pushing Past Clichés in Love Poems with Jessica Jacobs


Sunday, September 29, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


So much of our self-definition rests on who we love and desire, as well as all those loves lost. But when trying to translate those honest sentences—”I love you,” “I want you”—into a poem, so much of the meaning is lost in the sad static of cliché and unearned sentimentality. Drawing on the poems of writers like Dorianne Laux, Matthew Olzmann, and Sharon Olds, this workshop will help you ground your love poems in the rough, vibrant texture of the world (and maybe even help you get a date . . .).

Poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown, who have been married since 2013, regularly travel together to give readings and often teach (and co-teach) a number of generative, craft, and publishing intensives to a wide range of students at all levels.

They have taught together in a range of venues, from Poets House in New York and The Poetry Center at Smith College to Eastern Carolina University and the Writing Workshops in Greece.

There is no required reading for any of these workshops; handouts, accompanied by related generative prompts, will be provided.

Tickets for this course are $100. Please register at

** NYC writers: The HVWC is located the Philipse Manor RR station — a short, scenic ride up Metro North’s Hudson Line. No car needed! Join us!

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Times: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953

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