Songs That Come Apart Like Rosaries: Image and Metaphor

Saturday, June 15th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

I dreamed a knife like a song you can’t whistle

— Frank Stanford

Images and metaphors are the meat and potatoes of poetry. As foundational elements, they can both sharpen and cloud our understanding of poems. It’s important for us to be able to distinguish between the two effects. While image and metaphor can sometimes be difficult to pin down, we’ll focus on using them to strengthen and clarify meaning in your poems. We’ll read work by a wide array of writers to uncover their implicit and explicit meaning. We’ll think about how you can use images and metaphors as generative tools in your writing process. For this course, you may bring in early drafts of poems for us to discuss, or we can talk about pieces you’ll produce through in-class writing exercises. We’ll work together to shape your writing, while thinking about opportunities for expansion and contraction. Our reading for this course includes: Natalie Diaz, Ross Gay, Dean Young, Brenda Shaughnessy, T.S. Eliot, Rebecca Lindenberg, and Frank Stanford.

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Derek JG Williams
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