The Call of the Wild: A Poetry Workshop
From fish in the sea to birds in the air and all living things in between, the world of the wild has always been a source of poetic inspiration. The wild can also include domesticated animals of all sorts, as well as insects, reptiles, amphibians, trees, grasses, and flowers. And no doubt there is a streak of wildness in us humans too. Hovering in the background of everything wild is the ecological crisis of our time, and its enormous implications for all of life. We will examine a number of relevant and instructive poems by others, but at the center of our meetings will be the discussion of your own work. On the first day, everyone should bring a poem that somehow relates to "the call of the wild." Then for each meeting the rest of our week, I'd like you to generate a new poem or revise an older one. Our goal by the end of our workshop would be to add five new or revised poems to your repertoire.
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry. His most recent collection, Said Not Said (Graywolf Press), earned an "Honors" designation in the 2017 Massachusetts Book Awards. Earlier books include Full Moon Boat, House on Water, House in Air, and The Looking House. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, from The Word Works, and was reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. Marchant has co-translated works by several contemporary Vietnamese poets, and has edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford. An emeritus professor of English, he is founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston, and is the winner of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets "whose work is an inspiration to other writers."