4 Poets: Adaptation and Rejection as Technique
What is creative influence and how can we best use it? The first week of this course we’ll read and discuss sets of poems from six different contemporary poets: Anne Carson, Ciaran Carson, Natalie Diaz, Yusef Komunyakaa, Thylias Moss and Alicia Ostriker. We’ll collectively identify each poet’s defining strategies, themes, attitudes and forms. For the workshop’s remaining three weeks, you’ll pick the four poets from this group who interest you most, writing towards and workshopping four finished poems: imitations, adaptations or—if necessary—intelligent rejections of those influences. Our goal is immersion followed by refinement of who you are as a poet after you’ve submitted yourself to a series of invigorating, conflicting influences.
Daisy Fried is poetry editor of the literary resistance journal Scoundrel Time, and author of three books of poems: Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice, named one of the five best poetry books of 2013 by Library Journal, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She reviews poetry books for the New York Times, Poetry, Threepenny Review and elsewhere, and received Poetry magazine’s Editor’s Prize for a Feature Article for “Sing God-Awful Muse,” an essay about reading Paradise Lost and breastfeeding. For her poetry, she's received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowship, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. Her poems have appeared in London Review of Books, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, Poetry International, Threepenny Review, Best American Poetry and elsewhere. She lives in South Philadelphia and is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.