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Modes in Poetry: Rants, Yarns, Musings. (A writing workshop)

October 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

“Modes in Poetry: Rants, Yarns, Musings.” A writing workshop

My poetry workshop at Writers & Books will look at some different ways poets arrange language to have varying effects on the reader.

One reason it’s hard to say what a poem is or isn’t is that there are so many ways a poem can be made. Long lines, short lines, paragraphs, collage. Soapbox, anecdote, confession, meditation. In this class, we will explore different modes a poem may be written in depending on its “designs on the reader.” Through discussion and written commentary, we’ll look at how such poets as Dickinson, Berryman, Levis, DiPiero, and others use different modes for differing effects. Participants will generate new writing, and we’ll discuss how it works in the same way we discuss published texts. The emphasis will be on noticing what’s there and how it’s working, rather than “fixing” other people’s poems. The final class will be a public reading.

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays
October 30 – December 4, from 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Deadline to register: October 22, 11:59 pm


October 30
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Writers & Books
740 University Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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