Building Poems From The Ground Up With Campbell Mcgrath

Poetry is often accused of being a flighty and ephemeral art, but even the most impalpable of materials can yield dynamic poems when we ground them in the real world. Language is rooted in the tongue, emotions stab at the heart, memories flash across an ultravivid movie screen in the mind. This workshop will provide a blueprint for building poems from those essential elements using concrete images, well-engineered syntax, and deftly-hewn lines. Bring a poem in process to the first class, with copies for the group; thereafter we will write new poems and workshop them day by day. Over the course of the week we will generate new work, consider strategies for revision, and depart Delray Beach with better poetic skills (and better tans) than when we arrived.