Lyric Nature: From Pastoral to Ecopoetics
This class will focus on the evolution of nature in lyric poetry. Each day will include a lesson with reading materials and prompts, though we’ll devote the primary workshops to your own poems within the “nature” categories. We’re likely to do some afternoon fieldwork, too—together and on our own—to explore natural sites and opportunities in and around Provincetown. Think beach-combing, bird counting, maybe even a whale-watching excursion.
David Baker’s nineteen books include Whale Fall: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2022), Swift: New and Selected Poems, and Show Me Your Environment: Essays on Poetry, Poets, and Poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in APR, New York Times, The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. Baker has received prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. He lives in Granville, Ohio.