With so many poetic and artistic influences circulating wildly in the modern world, it can be difficult to remain true to your own instinctual style and idiosyncratic voice. Because contemporary writers are continually inundated with exciting new styles and innovative voices, the need to find the quiet strength in your own work has never been more urgent. In this poetry course, we will focus on what makes your poetry—and your specific voice—unique and powerful. We will read, listen, and watch poets—both classic and contemporary—whose work exemplifies artistic individuality, and discuss how a strong poetic personality can affect your connection with the audience. With new writing prompts each week, we’ll workshop new poems and offer supportive feedback designed to help you bring out what’s most essential in your own work. This class has been created to help you write the poems you were meant to write.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.