After Inspiration: Revising, Ordering, and Submitting Poems

Regular $140.00
Member $126.00
November 10, 2020-December 8, 2020
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
4 Week
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In this advanced poetry class, we will work with a previously drafted set of 10 poems and revise them for submission. The first two sessions will focus on revision by looking at perspective, word choice, form, and taking leaps in language and imagination. We will look at poems by Tracy K Smith, Arthur Sze, Jenny Chang, Wislawa Szymborksa, Jamal May, and Carl Phillips to consider how their poems would be different in another viewpoint or in form and revise several of our poems. During session three, we will 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. There is no class November 24.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.