First Vision, Then Revision

Regular $70.00
Member $63.00
Low Income $49.00
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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Deep revision happens on the structural level of a poem, rather than on a line-by-line basis. So, how do we revise a poem on the structural level? In this class we’ll practice several revisionary exercises to strengthen and clarify the emotional scope of our poems. We’ll play with prescribed forms, collage, and point-of-view to create multiple drafts of one poem. Through these approaches, we’ll learn how restriction, re-mixing, and uncommon points of view can help our poems become the best they can be. We’ll look at contemporary literary journals that focus on the craft of revision, such as Underbelly Magazine and Poetry Magazine, where poets such as Ada Límon, Ross Gay, and Natasha Trethewey discuss their revisionary process and techniques.

Through a mix of class discussions, presentations, group writing activities, and in-class revision exercises, we’ll develop a revisionary practice with a larger scope than line editing. We'll study and discuss how three contemporary poets approach revision, and through this discussion we'll develop a model with which to clarify and define our own revisionary process.By the end of class, each student will have three second drafts of one poem; we’ll become our own best workshoppers, and develop a critical, editorial eye for our own poetry. Students should come to class with a first draft of one poem. Class will take place in a live meeting online, via Zoom, including ample time for “in-class” writing exercises; please ensure you have a spacious and clear surface to work on the exercises.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, 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 & video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes might also have a supplemental Google Classroom page. In order to access Google Classroom pages, you will need a Gmail address. Should your teaching artist have a Google Classroom page, you will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of your class. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. 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.