Poetry by Design: How to Create Your Own Experimental Poetry Pocket-Zine Free class

Matthew Manos

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12 Videos (34m)
    • Welcome to Poetry by Design!

    • Poetic Form and (Brief) History

    • Let's Read Stuff!

    • Poem 01: The Haiku

    • Poem 02: Poetic vs. Literal Description

    • Introduction to Creative Constraint

    • Poem 03: Environmental Ekphrasis

    • Poem 04: Found Poetry

    • Poem 05: Stream-of-consciousness

    • Poem 06: Whatever you want

    • DIY Publishing

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Poetry by Design explores the parallels of Design and Poetry as creative platforms for expression. Through a series of 6 assignments, students will gain skills in contemporary poetry-making methods, and will walk away from the class with their own zine of experimental work. The class is lead by Matthew Manos, the Founder and Global Strategy Lead of verynice, and Co-Author/Poet-At-Large of FUTURETACO.

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I found a lot of inspiration in this class, a lot of suggestion on how you can look at the entire world around you as a source for creations. I have always been attracted by words, but I have never thought that I can write some poems. Now I'm doing it, discovering my voice.
Federica Peruzzo

art explorer

A quick but substantive class by Matthew Manos. He realizes a goal of his in creating this class and shares a bit about his own life experiences here. It is an intriguing class by a genuine and intriguing instructor. Great assignments and great little course!
It inspired me to begin writing poetry after decades of neglecting the poetic part of myself. Thank you.





Matthew Manos is an artist, strategist, and author interested in experimental economies, "business as a medium," conditional systems for creative inquiry, and new methods for writing restriction in poetry and fiction. He is the Founder and Managing Partner/Global Strategy Lead at verynice, a design, strategy, and foresight consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profit organizations. As of 2015, verynice has been able to gift over $2,000,000 worth of pro-bono design and consulting services across 45 countries to benefit hundreds of organizations thanks largely to a volunteer staff of 350 practitioners. Notable clients of verynice have included UNICEF, NASA, MTV Networks, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and Disney Imagineering. Matthew is also the author of How to Give Half of Your Work Away for Free, creator of the Models of Impact project, Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the California College of the Arts' MBA in Strategic Foresight program, Faculty member at Art Center College of Design, "Poet-At-Large" at FUTURETACO, and is currently on the board of 9 organizations across the private and social sectors. He holds a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA, and an MFA in Media Design Practices from Art Center College of Design. The Emperor's New Post-It, his MFA Thesis, is a series of design-research projects (and an essay) that serve as a critical reflection on Design-Thinking methodologies and "the templatization of innovation."