On Tone: A Poetry Workshop
First, we will define poetic tone so we are all talking about the same thing. Then we will look at participants’ poems as well as poems I bring in via handouts with tone in mind. How do we establish tone in a poem? How do we sustain tone and/or shift tone mid line, stanza, poem? We will look at how we manage hot spots, cool spots, neutral spots. This will be primarily a revision workshop, but we will also generate work and do some writing in class. While this is primarily an advanced class, all are welcome who are willing to look hard and long at the poems on hand.
Martha Rhodes is author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall (2017, University of Pittsburgh. As director of Four Way Books, she has published such authors as Reginald Dwayne Betts, Andrea Cohen, Cynthia Cruz, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, and Gregory Pardlo. She teaches in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College and at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in NYC.