“Imitation, conscious imitation, is one of the great methods, perhaps the method of learning to write,” said Theodore Roethke. In this workshop we’ll consider a variety of contemporary poems that demonstrate specific aspects of the craft. Then we’ll make our own poems that build upon the past to create something fresh. Each day we’ll study a particular element of the craft, write new poems, and share our work. Please bring to workshop one or two poems you admire that utilize strategies that intrigue you, and also a poem of your own that you want to revise. Expect to leave with work that’s more authentic, courageous, and consciously crafted than you’ve ever written before.