Craft & Consciousness
Through class discussions, readings, and exercises you will dive deep into some of the key craft components of poetry, namely: line breaks, line lengths, imagery, rhythm, and closure, to challenge our understanding and use of these. In addition, we will hold workshop sessions to critique new work generated from assignments that explore the intersection between our personal consciousness and the larger public consciousness of culture, gender, faith, race, sexuality, etc., in which our lives are embedded.
RICHARD BLANCO is the fifth inaugural poet in US history – the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, and For All of Us, One Day: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.