Making Poems from Poetry
All poems are made of parts. In this generative workshop, we will look at poems that I provide, examine how they work, how they turn separate parts into unified song. Why do some poems soar off the page, and others don’t? What’s the role of mystery? How to know when to leave our own poems alone? These are among the questions we’ll explore, as we write new poems each day, as well as looking at how generative strategies can also be strategies for revision.
Carl Phillips is the author of 14 books for poetry, most recently Wild is the Wind. His chapbook, Star Map with Action Figures, will be out Fall 2019, to be followed by a full-length volume, Pale Colors in a Tall Field in 2020. Recent honors include the LA Times Book Award for Poetry and the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.