Cut, Scratch & Blend: Revision as Remix
“Poetry,” writes Yusef Komunyakaa in his essay collection Blue Notes, “is an act of meditation and improvisation. And need is the motor that propels the words down the silent white space.” In this workshop, participants will consider various perspectives on the revision process and explore strategies for re-drafting poems-in-progress. While this class is open to poets of all levels of experience, those who stand to gain the most are those who’ve already amassed a sizeable body of work – poems, drafts, notes – with which they are, for the most part, dissatisfied and eager to improve. It is imperative that participants come with an open mind and a willingness to surprise themselves.
John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry and Up Jump the Boogie. He is assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Brooklyn.