LIVE via ZOOM: 12pm-2pm (Eastern)
Through the reading of published poems and daily writing prompts, we’ll explore strategies for developing fragments and stalled beginnings into actual poems, writing longer and more complex poems, and moving your work into more exciting aesthetic and emotional territory. This workshop should give you at least the beginnings of four new poems, and/or transformations of old poems. For class discussion, you may share work begun during the week, unfinished poems or fragments, or more or less completed poems that don’t yet satisfy you.
Martha Collins’s eleventh book of poems is Casualty Reports (Pittsburgh, 2022). Her tenth, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Previous books of poems include three focused on race (Blue Front, White Papers, and Admit One: An American Scrapbook) and the paired volumes Day Unto Day and Night Unto Night. A fifth volume of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, Dreaming the Mountain by Tue Sy, is due from Milkweed this spring. Collins founded the creative writing program at U. Mass Boston and taught at Oberlin College for ten years. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.