In a generative workshop designed to elicit discomfort, we will stretch the boundaries of the ordinary and predictable by searching for unexpected entry points into our work. We will go beyond discomfort and write through the walls that seek to suppress the possibilities of our poems. The workshop time will be divided between critique of existing poems and the crafting of new work. Handouts of poems that address craft and inspire us will be distributed and reviewed each day. Participants will bring four poems (17 copies each) to the first meeting, understanding all four may not be addressed directly in class.
Patricia Smith Workshop