In his poem Where Shame Comes From, Steve Healey writes, “The candles are forgetting how / to light the holes in our bodies. / Still, they dine on thunder and hearts, / for soon they will do a quiet crime.” How can we turn the quiet crimes of our bodies into art? People often do not see shame as a motivator for poetry, or even for language. Usually, moments of embarrassment or shame are swept under the rug; people prefer to forget shame rather than immortalize it in words. In this workshop, participants will study successful poems about shame, and how to produce their own work influenced by shame.
Lily Starr is student of poetry from North East, MD, who moved to Miami to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Journal, Gulf Stream, Muzzle Magazine, Electric Literature, Small Orange, and elsewhere.