This workshop will focus on language fueled by necessity and the intention to characterize what is genuine. In critiques we will study how each poem sounds, its individual noise and music. Does it speak to us? What precision, passion, and original behavior qualify it as singular? In critiques, participants should be forthright, but never neglect great stuff, and never settle for consensus. We are here to encourage and to have serious fun. Aside from close critiques, each class will feature readings, writing exercises, and discussions of individual process, revision, flow, and poem generation. Participants should submit 4-7 poems in advance and bring copies to the first class. I welcome experimentation, poems that take aesthetic and moral risks, but, also, poems that seek formal mastery.
Realpoetics With Rodney Jones