Using White Space: Stanza & Line

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Martha Collins
Week 2: June 16 to June 21
ORIENTATION: June 16, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: June 17-21, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All

Workshop Description 

This workshop will focus on ways in which the white space created by stanza and line can be as important as the words it surrounds. Discussion of reading assignments will consider stanzas (couplets, tercets, one-line stanzas, and more), lines (long or short, enjambed or not), and other topics (e.g. anaphora, mid-line white space, indentation). Generative exercises based on the reading will be given each day; at the end of the week, you should have at least the beginnings of four new poems. We’ll discuss some of these in class, though you’re also invited to bring copies of unfinished or not-quite finished work for class discussion: whether new or not, your poems will be our primary focus.



Martha Collins' most recent books of poems are Night Unto Night (2018) and Admit One: An American Scrapbook (2016). Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, and has won numerous awards for her work. Founder of the creative writing program at UMass-Boston, she served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College for ten years. Her tenth book of poems, Because What Else Could I Do, is forthcoming from Pittsburgh in Fall 2019.