Beginner writers—and writers at all stages, for that matter—are often instructed to favor concrete imagery over abstraction. “Show, don’t tell” remains one of the most popular directives heard in the workshop setting. But to what extent must imagery or concrete detail overshadow abstract statement? This session will examine some key poems that attempt to model and articulate an image-based aesthetic. We will also explore instances when larger, sweeping statements assert their “rightful place” in a poem. Then, we will write our own poems that aim to strike a balance between image and abstraction.