Putting poems on the page
In this generative workshop, we will write daily and discuss our work toward the goal of building a quality collection of new poems and developing new ways of thinking about our work and the work of other writers. During our week together, we’re going to observe what happens when our poems walk beyond our minds and into the world. We’re going to seek out the moments in our work and the work of our peers that lead toward engaging lines of inquiry (and also those that might lead our readers astray). We’re going to learn how to better identify the moments of our poems that cause genuine delight and productive wonder. Bring your imagination and energy to the class. We’ll be writing and talking a lot!
Camille T. Dungy is the author of four books of poetry: Trophic Cascade; Smith Blue, winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize; Suck on the Marrow, winner of the American Book Award, What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. Her debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers. She is editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry; From the Fishouse: An anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great; and assistant editor of Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade. She is a professor of English at Colorado State University.