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 volume of poetry, Casualty Reports, was published by Pittsburgh in fall 2022; her fifth collection of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, Dreaming the Mountain: Poems by Tue Sy, was published by Milkweed in spring 2023. Her tenth book of her poetry, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; her earlier books, which have won a number of awards, include three focusing on race and racism (Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and Blue Front). Collins founded the UMASS Boston creative writing program and later served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.