Radical Revision: Preparing Poems for Publication
So you have a draft. What now? This class is geared to helping you rip open the seams of your poems and re-enter them with fresh eyes so that you can prepare them for publication this year. We will look at the revision process of poets like Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth Bishop, Carl Phillips, Gary Soto, and Sylvia Plath as you turn to your own work and re-enter its rooms. The goal is for your reader to—as Emily Dickinson says about poems—“feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off.” You should be prepared to bring 5-8 drafts to this course. If you don’t have drafts to bring, you will receive writing prompts based on specific themes to help you generate new work to revise. Let’s be radicals together and send our poems out into the world to do their work this year!
Tyler Mills is the author of two full-length books of poems, Hawk Parable (winner of the Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019) and Tongue Lyre (winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), as well as The City Scattered (2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award, forthcoming from Tupelo Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. Her mixed media visual works have appeared in Poetry and Tupelo Quarterly. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Tyler Mills is on faculty at 24PearlStreet, the online writing program for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and serves as editor-in-chief of The Account. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.