The Poem’s Skeleton With Chase Twichell

Why do some poems seem to arrive on the page with a life of their own, while others refuse to breathe no matter how much we revise them? Often the answer lies in the relationship between the elements of craft (imagery, diction, tone, music, etc.) and the poem’s internal organization, or structure. In this workshop we’ll put on our x-ray glasses and look closely at how a poem’s skeleton can be simple or complex, coherent or incoherent, and how the right structure can streamline and clarify the work of revision. Although the workshop will center on discussion of your poems, we’ll also do some exercises and experiments. Please bring 3 unfinished poems, no more than a page each.