Basic and Bold—The Uses of Contemporary Poetry–a Poetry Workshop
This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets and the different strategies to generate new work. While the focus is on African American poets, a range of poets will be under review.
The Workshop will be in two parts:
#1. Participants will look at poems in the packet and discuss the work of those poets with whom they are unfamiliar.
#2. We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work.
We will use two or three poems as catalyst for new works. Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Gregory Pardlo, Ada Limón, Lorenzo Thomas, Angela Jackson, Marilyn Chin, Maureen Owen, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Renato Rosaldo, Brenda Hillman, Latasha N. Diggs, Peter Covino, Joy Harjo, Major Jackson, and Charif Shanahan may be part of the packet.
Participants must be prepared to read and write, write and write.
At the end of this workshop, it is my hope that participants will have created poems that they feel good about and have learned about.