To Make a Human Thing: A Poetry Workshop
This workshop is designed for beginning to experienced poets who would like to finish older poems and create new poems. With a constant focus on balance--the light and the dark, the real and the artful, the lyric and the narrative--we'll explore how to make poems go deeper, get messier, get sharper, and finally feel more real and complete to ourselves as writers. We'll read numerous contemporary poems that will help inspire and guide us in our own work. With rigorous in-class writing exercises and deep readings, we'll try to break open something new while breathing life into older work. You will need a notebook or laptop, a willingness to experiment, and an open mind.
Please bring up to four poems for workshopping. Although all four poems will not be workshopped in class, you'll have an opportunity to revise each one on your own.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer in Lexington, Kentucky.