What often keeps our competent poems from becoming captivating ones is a fear of failure, an instinctual aversion to risk. In this class, we’ll work at unlearning this impulse, priming ourselves to jump headlong into what we’ve previously side-stepped. We’ll look at poems that risk embarrassment, shame, and censure and create our own pieces that just may not work, all as a way to open ourselves up to the possibilities that failure can reveal. We will fall on our faces, and it will be glorious.
Erin Adair-Hodges is the author of Let’s All Die Happy, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and Every Form of Ruin (Pitt 2023). Recipient of The Sewanee Review’s Allen Tate Prize, The Georgia Review's Loraine Williams Prize, and a Rona Jaffe-Bread Loaf Scholarship, her work has been featured in such places as PBS NewsHour, AGNI, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus and more. Born and raised in New Mexico, she is now an editor on her way from Kansas City to Seattle.