Basic and Bold—The Uses of Contemporary Poetry
This Workshop is designed to engage participants with contemporary poets, many of whom are writers of color, and their different strategies to generate new work.
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 unfamiliar.
#2. We will use vocabulary from two or three of the poems to generate new work.
We will use poems as catalyst for new works. Poems by Bojan Louis, Gregory Pardlo, Jennifer Bartlett, Marilyn Chin, Maureen Owen, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Sally Mao Wen, and David Rivard may be included. 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.
For advanced poets.