The Spark & the Fire: A Poetry Workshop
This workshop is designed to ignite something courageous inside of us, rattle and shake it around. With rigorous in-class writing exercises that take advantage of our natural surroundings we’ll work together to produce new work and take poetic risks. With a deep appreciation for the mystery of poetry and a sense of freedom and play, we’ll study the intricacies of line, syntax, sound, and voice in our own work. This nontraditional workshop will also be a supportive place where students can share written work and ask for specific feedback so that, as a class, we can help strengthen a first draft. C.D. Wright once said, “It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.” In this workshop we’ll try to declare our voices free and write the poems we are meant to be writing. Together, we’ll work on bowing down to the poem and listening to the voice underneath the voice.
Please bring 1 poem to workshop in class.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.