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6-Week Workshop: Bhisham Bherwani: The Very Short Poem

6 Wednesdays  |  Feb 14 – March 20  |  6-8pm

Feb 14, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$320.00 – $360.00
Bhisham Bhirwani

In-Person: The Very Short Poem

From the fragment to the epigram to the haiku to the imagist lyric, the very short poem (four lines, give or take) can be especially pungent, poignant, or ecstatic. A miniature oddity surrounded by a surfeit of blank space, inviting at first no more than cursory consideration, it may pass for a dubious contender contemptuously asserting its right to inhabit a page. But the successful short poem, a potent concentrate distilling deep feeling, thought, or vision, stakes its territory in the practice and tradition of poetry—only more leanly and meanly. The short poem, be it aperçu, confession, curse, or epiphany, may be free or formal, personal or political, comic or tragic; it may sing love or rage, joy or grief.

Workshop participants will consider short poems, including translations, from across cultures and centuries, and compose their own. They will explore through readings and exercises the dynamics not just of arriving at an achieved short poem, but also of spawning from a short poem a longer one. The workshop will conclude with the composition and discussion of a manuscript by each participant.

The workshop will be complemented by a compilation of instructive readings for participants.

6 Wednesdays  |  Feb 14 – March 20  |  6-8pm  |  $360 ($320 for Members)

(Feb 14, 21, 28, and Mar 6, 13, & 20)

In-person meetings will be at Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282.

All are welcome, space is limited. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please email with any questions.

About the educator:

Bhisham Bherwani is the author of the poetry books The Second Night of the Spirit, The Circling Canopy, and Life in Peacetime. He is the co-editor of The Shrine Whose Shape I Am: The Collected Poetry of Samuel Menashe and was the guest editor of the Atlanta Review anthology of modern and contemporary anglophone Indian poetry. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The American Reader, Commonweal, The Paris Review, Pleiades, Plume, and The Yale Review. He is the founder and editor of Audubon Terrace Press, an independent publisher of exceptional but overlooked poetry and related literature. He has taught literature and creative writing at the City University of New York. He lives in New York City.

Admission $360 ($320 for Members)


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Feb 14, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$320.00 – $360.00
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