6 Weeks, 6 Poem Revisions: Online
Ah, summer... pool parties, BBQs, fireworks, and ... revision? It's natural to see revision as a chore, something that doesn't belong on our summer vacation or with a cocktail after work. But that doesn't have to be true! In this class, we’ll approach the exertion of revision with positivity, seeing it as a gift to ourselves: an assertion of our belief in the "good bones" of our poems, and a toolbox for building those bones into something publishable (right on time for summer poetry contests!).
Each week, you'll receive a targeted revision prompt, ranging from line-level to big-picture; emotional center to prosody; action to imagery to argument. Every prompt will be accompanied by 2 relevant readings. You'll apply the prompt to an existing draft, and we’ll workshop the result, prioritizing directed feedback that will help you polish your poem into something that you can submit.
Poets we'll read for weekly craft-based inspiration include Terrance Hayes, Taneum Bambrick, Kate Gaskin, Adam Zagajewski, Devin Walker-Figueroa, Jericho Brown, and Mary Jo Salter, among others.
Students will leave with six revised pieces, i.e. a packet's worth (or two) of poems to send to magazines. In addition to feedback from peers and instructor, students will receive suggestions for publication venues relevant to their project(s).
Open to all levels of poetry student, but best-suited to students who have published once or twice and are currently compiling a first chapbook or full-length manuscript.
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