ClassAfter Inspiration: Revising, Ordering, and Submitting Poems
In this advanced poetry session, we will spend the day working with a previously drafted set of 10 poems and revising them for submission. The class will include several revision exercises focusing on perspective, word choice, form, and taking leaps in language and imagination. We will look at poems by Tracy K Smith, Arthur Sze, Jenny Chang, Jamal May, Wislawa Szymborska, and Adam Clay to consider how their poems would be different in another viewpoint or in form and revise several of our poems. We will then discuss ways in which a poetry chapbook or manuscript can be ordered for manuscripts.
Participants will have an opportunity to work with each other to find novel ways to order their poems. Finally, we will look at various ways to bring work to the public—through online publication, print publication, broadside and chapbook opportunities, and manuscript publication, primarily through first-book competitions.
Students must come with at least 10 but no more than 15 poems and must be willing to engage with the poems not as "finished" works, but as works that can be expanded, condensed, and modified to create stronger poems that speak in conversation with each other.