Beastly: Animals as Poetic Source and Subject for Poems

Beastly: Animals as Poetic Source and Subject for Poems

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Elizabeth Bradfield
February 22 to February 26, 2016
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1-Week Intensive

Many of us are moved by our time outside, by the non-humans we encounter.  But how do we write about those experiences in ways that are full, accurate, and surprising?  In this week-long course we’ll study how others have written animals and use those models as templates for our own work.  We’ll skirt the treacherous terrain of personification and nudge up to sentimentality (but not enter it); we’ll make facts sing without bending them and we’ll rage, rage as necessary.

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ELIZABETH BRADFIELD is the author of the collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, and Interpretive Work.  Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Orion and elsewhere. In 2005, she founded Broadsided Press, an innovative, ekphrastic, public-spirited arts project, which she continues to run.  Liz teaches creative writing at Brandeis University and in the University of Alaska’s low-residency MFA program, and she works as a naturalist on ships and at home on Cape Cod.