Three Pillars of Poetry: Sound, Subject, Imagination
Illuminate the subject in your poems by exploring how the imagination and sound work together. A poem is always about the relationship between its sonic and imaginative parts, as this is what convinces the ear that the subject is not only real but important. We will study techniques used by poets across various eras, as well as workshop your own poems extensively in search of the keenest balance in your work between these three pillars of the art of poetry: sound, subject and the imagination.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of The Ground, Heaven, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, The Circuit: a Tennis Odyssey, and Living Weapon. He has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the PEN/Osterweil Prize for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.