This class will examine recent work from literary magazines to see how other poets create texture and tension, with focus on students’ poems and on several writing exercises to steering toward new strategies and discoveries in making a poem.
Neil Shepard is the author of four books of poems, including This Far from the Source and (T)ravel/Un(T)ravel. A senior editor of Green Mountains Review and a founding member of the poetry-jazz ensemble PoJazz, he teaches in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University.
Poets House is thrilled to host the live recording of Person, Place, Thing. In this episode of the public radio show, Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen asks Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith about a person, a place, and a thing of special significance to her. Join us for the resulting great stories and accompanying live music with award-winning folk musician Jefferson Hamer. All proceeds support Poets House programming.
Poet and performer Tracie Morris presents an open seminar on the relationship between sound, onomonpoetics, and imagery, demonstrating that form is a continuum that incorporates both the avant-garde and conventional, rather than something that is “broken” by experimentation, a source rather than a rulebook for the making and presenting of living, resounding poems.
For several decades, Brenda Hillman has been exploring poetic form and perception in her tetralogy on the classical elements-- earth, air, water, fire. She discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.
On the eve of what would have been the beloved Irish poet and translator’s 75th birthday, poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s (1939-2013) masterful poems, exploring and celebrating Heaney’s humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.