Poetry Revision Boot Camp
Get ready, get set…You’ll either come into workshop with a poem draft you’re interested in but dissatisfied with, or, at the workshop’s beginning, you’ll generate a brand new first draft following a prompt designed to give you something substantial to work with. Each day, you’ll overhaul the poem in a different way according to a different kamikaze revision suggestion, working towards vision and possibility and collecting tools for future revisions. Along the way, we’ll discuss process and do some light reading as you work on your revisions, and you’ll be invited to comment, briefly, on other people’s results. The workshop leader will supply you with detailed commentary on all your drafts at the end of the workshop. This workshop is not about tidying, but about re-seeing, and revision as discovery.
Daisy Fried is the 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 Best American Poetry 2013, London Review of Books, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She lives in South Philadelphia and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College.