You’ll begin the week with one poem and end with five new poems, each derived from the original, which will serve as the source, or seed bed, for these radical revisions, each now a distinct poem. Through exercises and a shared ideas from our group, your source poem will serve as a wellspring for new aesthetic and philosophical approaches. Each day, we’ll shift our gaze and look anew at our poem and its myriad possibilities. This is a chance to stretch yourself creatively in a supportive environment, as well as create a family of poems that may be surprisingly cohesive. From one poem can come many possibilities, as we’ll discover. The instructor will provide feedback every day, along with a personalized letter to each participant at week’s end.
Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, all from Sarabande. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, Granta, The TLS, and Best American Poetry. She has been the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholar, the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place, a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Amy Clampitt House Resident Fellow, a Hawthornden Fellow, and a “Discovery”/The Nation Award recipient. She has taught at New York University, the New School, and elsewhere.