Saturday, November 7, 2-6pm
Sunday, November 8, Noon-4pm
Application deadline: October 16
Although writers wrestle with how to end a poem as much as they fret over how to get started, in this class we will discuss how the ending of a poem is often revealed along the way. We will talk about strategies for closing the poem, and we will talk about why the ending is important. The ending of the poem doesn’t always mean that the poem is over or that it’s shut down; we will talk about the ways in which the poem opens up at the end.
Ander Monson, author of Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries (2015), leads a generative trawl through the 60,000-volume library at Poets House. Through encounters with unexpected materials found between the pages, library-nauts will have the unique opportunity to “publish work back” into books that once seemed completed.
What are your syntactic habits and how do they constrict or limit where your poems will take you? If you can say “my poems always/ never…” ( eg. are in first person, start in present tense, use complete sentences, ask questions, etc. ) this session is an chance to see what happens when you try something new. We’ll look at poems, experiment with various syntactic strategies, and explore ways to move out of the familiar and generate drafts of new poems. To help us think about syntax and revision, participants are encouraged to bring in a draft of a poem.
Scholar and poet Rosamond King shares her insights into the groundbreaking output of 20th-century Caribbean poets, including the works of Kamau Brathwaite and M. NourbeSe Philip in this interactive seminar. (Full audio, approx. 1 hr, 15 mins.)
In this webcast to be recorded live Kelly Professor and founder, and faculty director of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, Al Filreis provides a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry along with co-teachers Julia Bloch, Erica Kaufman, and others.
Fred Moten, whose recent collection, The Feel Trio, was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, examines the intersection of race and poetry. For him, “partial correspondence” is the form that results when such human crises as ecological disaster and settler colonialism enter into the artistic acts of experimentation, generativity, and discovery. With a critical eye open to history’s racial injustices, Moten asks, “Why don’t black poets have time to write poems? Why does black poetry have time for neither poems nor poets?”
This past February, one of the great voices in American poetry, Philip Levine, died at 87. While his poems championed the working class of his native Detroit, he understood poetry to be a global art form capable of limitless expression. Author of more than twenty collections, including Pulitzer-Prize-Winning The Simple Truth (1994), Levine taught at California State University, Fresno for over three decades and served as the 18th U.S. Poet Laureate. This event honors his life and his exceptional commitment to the field.