Rewriting With Abandon: The Art of Revision with Sharon Dolin
“Poems are never finished, merely abandoned,” wrote Paul Valéry. How do we take those abandoned drafts, our stuck poems, and re-enter them with fresh verve? Each session we discuss procedures and strategies for revising our poems, do short in-class revision exercises, discuss some published works, before turning to workshop as a group student poems. This class is an invitation to play and radically re-visit poems-in-progress.
“Why Must It Always End This Way?” Narrative Theory & Poetry Workshop with Natasha Sajé
The term “narrative” is often misused, confused with realism or accessibility, but understanding narrative can strengthen poetry writing. Students will examine narrative in the poems of Barbara Guest and John Ashbery, among others, and are invited to bring their own poems with narrative elements.
Inherent Logics: From One Genre to Another with Douglas A. Martin
In this seminar we’ll work outside of and between forms and search for logics poetic or otherwise in our fledgling pieces, letting what emerges from things currently tangled, broken or uncollected be our guide toward form. We will assess efforts weekly and leave each class with a new set of keys to attempt to turn. And if we wind up with something sounding more like it wants to be an essay, we will hear where and how it sings to tune or compose anew.
In this workshop we’ll develop multiple ways of gathering material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes. We’ll explore walking/writing meditation, layered journaling, collaging from news and other resources, and more. Readings will be from Matsuo Basho, Harry Mathews, Jack Kerouac, Harryette Mullen William Carlos Williams, Helene Cixous, Bernadette Mayer and Ed Sanders, among others. Students will leave the class with a collection of five poems or short prose pieces.