This workshop will focus primarily on poetic form. We will explore not merely what these particular forms are but why, how and the often underdeveloped sense of when you may think to use them. This will involve our studying, in brief, the history of these forms, their strict and loose interpretations, and how your formal poems can thrive in the present instead of seeming beholden to, and sounding like they were written, in the past. You will be expected to write a new poem in a new form for every workshop meeting. This workshop is designed both for all levels of poets, regardless of past experience with formal poetry. The one-on-one conclusion of the course may be by letter, phone call, or video conference.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips' latest book of poems is Silver (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2024). His other poetry collections are The Ground, Heaven, and Living Weapon. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Stony Brook University, the poetry editor of The New Republic, and the editor of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets.