Writing the Water Songs

Writing the Water Songs

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Fred Marchant
Week 10: August 12 to August 17
ORIENTATION: August 12, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: August 13-17, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

As we are in Provincetown, practically surrounded by the sea, we can perhaps imagine the myriad of ways in which water might serve to inspire new poems. Think for instance of the beaches and harbors we have known, and think too of the rains, snows, floods, the storms we might have lived through. Think also of the creatures that live in the water, and others that depend on water for life, including us. We will examine relevant poems by others, but the center of our workshop meetings will be the discussion of your work. Keeping our theme in mind, everyone should plan on writing a new poem or revising an older one for each subsequent meeting. The goal for our week is to add five new or revised "water songs" to your repertoire.

For the first day of class, please bring copies of a poem that relates to water (number of copies announced two weeks prior to workshop start date).


Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize. Marchant has translated works by several Vietnamese poets and edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford. He is founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center.