Trying to make a poetry school that's for everybody.

I'm Hannah Lee Jones and I began Primal School as a space to document my journey as a student of poetry independent from a graduate path in English lit or creative writing. I also wanted to leave a resource others can use: book recommendations, articles, posts on what I'm reading or learning, and most importantly, interviews with poets exploring the craft of poetry itself. Whether your path includes an MFA or not, my hope is that the knowledge that gets shared on here will help you find your own way. Learn more, or if you're interested in my writing visit the news page  



"eternal graffiti 

written in the heart of everyone" 

- Lawrence Ferlinghetti's definition of poetry




PAUSE: Primal School Is Busy Rewilding 

Friends and readers: thanks for all your support of Primal School and the written interviews I've been posting on here. With the help of friends and fellow poets I've been working to build a different kind of blog that continues to brings the best of poets' voices, but does so along with stories, lessons and other musings that will connect even more people with the power of poetry in these challenging times. I've been exploring the possibility of doing this via video or podcast, but the tactical and logistical wrangling and brainstorming have compelled me to hit pause on this for a while. If there's one thing I have learned in the last year from my various encounters in poetry, it's the willingness to be changed. And to be unafraid to initiate change. And to do so always in a spirit of openness and wonder. 

The classroom is still here. I'll see you when I return. Thanks again for being my community. - Hannah 

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