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The Whole Poem with Neil Shepard

Apr 12, 2012 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 Thursdays, April 12–May 24th (skipping May 10th), 6:00–8:30pm

From first draft to final draft, we need strategies for seeing the whole poem, both its full potential for content and its most satisfying form. Students will talk about strategies for the intense perception of the first draft as well as for “re-seeing” the poem, practicing the kind of deep revision that leads us to reconsider everything from word choice and vivid image to metaphoric subtext, grammatical pattern and inner music of the poem.

Neil Shepard’s books of poems include I’m Here Because I Lost My Way, This Far from the Source, and (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel. Recently retired from his long-time job in the BFA Writing Program at Johnson State College (VT), he is the founder and editor of the literary magazine, Green Mountains Review.

Registration Guidelines
Open to all; no applications needed but registration is required; call (212) 431-7920 x2832 or email

Admission $295 Location Conference Room Sponsored By Poets House


Apr 12, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm