A not-to-be-missed glimpse into the most exciting new poetry in New York City. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its fourth year, assists emerging poets by providing excellent poetry writing instruction, mentorship, and access to Poets House’s world class poetry resources and programming. Hosted by 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
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.