The Poetic Sequence
A sequence is a long poem that combines shorter pieces by relying on association, juxtaposition, and connection rather than theme or narrative to create an organic poetic whole. Overwhelmed by events, feelings, and thoughts, poets have turned to the sequence, as a way to express what otherwise could not be borne in language or within a single lyric poem. In this workshop we will study the lyrical structure of poem sequences and look at examples of poem sequences by Adam Zagajewski, Emily Dickinson, Alice Notley, and Alfonso D’Aquino, among others. Each participant will be engaged in the process of creating a poem sequence of 6 to 8 pages in length.
Related article by Rebecca Seiferle at Poetry Foundation https://www.poetryfoundation.org/features/articles/detail/68883
Rebecca Seiferle’s last poetry collection Wild Tongue (Copper Canyon, 2007) won the 2008 Grub Street National Book Prize in Poetry. Her three previous collections, Bitters, The Music We Dance To and The Ripped-Out Seam won the Western States Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, The National Writer’s Union Prize, and the Poets & Writers Exchange Award. Seiferle is also a noted translator from the Spanish; Copper Canyon Press published her translation of Vallejo’s The Black Heralds in 2003, and her translation of Vallejo’s Trilce (Sheep Meadow Press, 1992) was a finalist for the PenWest Translation Award. She was Jacob Ziskind poet-in-residence at Brandeis University, and a visiting writer at Vanderbilt University, Hamilton College, the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, the Key West Literary Seminars, the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania, StAnza International Poetry Festival in St. Andrews, Scotland, among others. She was the recipient of the 2004 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. From 2012-2016 Seiferle was Tucson Poet Laureate.