Three Pillars of Poetry: Sound, Subject, Imagination
Illuminate the subject in your poems by exploring how the imagination and sound work together. A poem is always about the relationship between its sonic and imaginative parts, as this is what convinces the ear that the subject is not only real but important. We will study techniques used by poets across various eras, as well as workshop your own poems extensively in search of the keenest balance in your work between these three pillars of the art of poetry: sound, subject and the imagination.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, screenwriter, translator, and journalist. He is the author of Heaven (FSG, 2015) and The Ground (FSG, 2012), as well as The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey (FSG, 2018). His next book of poems, Living Weapon, will be published by FSG in March 2020. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.