Radical Revision: Preparing Poems for Publication
So you have a draft. What now? This class is geared to helping you rip open the seams of your poems and re-enter them with fresh eyes so that you can prepare them for publication this year. We will look at the revision process of poets like Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth Bishop, Carl Phillips, Gary Soto, and Sylvia Plath as you turn to your own work and re-enter its rooms. The goal is for your reader to—as Emily Dickinson says about poems—“feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off.” You should be prepared to bring 5-8 drafts to this course. If you don’t have drafts to bring, you will receive writing prompts based on specific themes to help you generate new work to revise. Let’s be radicals together and send our poems out into the world to do their work this year!
Tyler Mills is the author of The City Scattered (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), Hawk Parable (Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019), Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions Chapbook Prize, Diode Editions 2021). A poet and essayist, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Brevity, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. She teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute, edits The Account, and lives in Brooklyn.