Finding the Form in Free Verse
Kim Addonizio’s class won’t just inspire you to write—it will also help you shape your poems in order to release the power and energy of your vision.
Sure, our poems need heart, mind, fresh metaphors, precise language, ravishing imagery—but they also need structure. How can you shape a poem about events in the past? What are the possibilities of elegy? How do you avoid getting stuck in mere description? In this workshop, we’ll explore a few ways that poems can proceed, and we’ll jump off from discussing some examples to writing our own. We’ll talk about the concept of the turn, and study how poems move so they aren’t only one note, but also take us somewhere new and surprise us. We’ll look at poems from the likes of Linda Gregg, Jean Valentine, Rilke, and others, as well as do writing assignments that will inspire new work and give you ways to approach your earlier drafts. This is a class that will benefit poets at any level. Whether you want to create new poems or revise older ones, you’ll finish the workshop with some useful tools to help you shape your material.
Kim Addonizio is the author of eight poetry collections, two novels, two short story collections, and two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. Her latest books are a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin), and a book of poems, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton). Her work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, and other awards, and has been translated into several languages. Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. She has taught at colleges, universities, conferences, and festivals, both in the US and abroad.