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Daisy Fried Writing the Political Poem Poetry November 4 to November 8, 2024 Number of Participants: 12 Price: $550.00 Format: 1 Week Asynchronous Workshop
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What makes a poem political? What makes a political poem good? Is it harder or easier, at this moment in history, to write political poetry, compared with other kinds of poetry? Can poems change anything in the world? What are political poems for? This workshop aims to help you find formats and strategies to write good, effective political poems, working especially where political and personal materials intersect. We’ll read and discuss poems old and contemporary, in English and in translation. You will generate drafts of at least three new poems, on which you’ll receive frank, supportive feedback.

Optional LIVE Elements: we will meet at least twice via Zoom as a group according to whatever works for everyone in the group. (I’ll do a google poll close to the date.)


Daisy Fried is the author of four books of poetry: The Year the City Emptied, Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It. She has been awarded Guggenheim, Hodder, and Pew Fellowships. She is an occasional poetry critic for the New York Times, Poetry Foundation and elsewhere; poetry editor for the journal Scoundrel Time; and a member of the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Philadelphia.

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