Poetry & The World
Dynamic poems are grounded in the real world: language is rooted in the tongue, emotions stab at the heart, memories flash across a movie screen in the mind. Before we can mirror the world we need to see it clearly, and to capture it on the page entails the creation of concrete imagery, well-engineered syntax, and deftly-hewn lines. Over the course of the week we will write poems and haiku, read Elizabeth Bishop, Yusef Komunyakaa and Basho, workshop what we have written, and generally enjoy our deep immersion in Poetry Land.
Campbell McGrath is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago, Seven Notebooks, XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century, a Finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, and most recently Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems. He has received numerous literary prizes for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives with his family in Miami Beach and teaches at Florida International University.