Early in the “language experiment” he called LEAVES OF GRASS, Walt Whitman enjoins his readers to open the locked doors and unscrew the doors from the jambs. In Whitman’s spirit, this workshop is designed to invite poets to experiment by generating new work and developing drafts in various directions. We’ll read and talk about exemplary contemporary poems. The goal is to work and work, diving deep into what we don’t know how to do yet, seeking insight, complexity and strategies that might lead us, like new roads, to new places. We’ll also devote some of our sessions to discussing work by participants, either poems in progress or fresh out of your notebook.