How to End a Poem

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Regular $55.50
Member $49.95
9 a.m. - Noon
Open to All Levels
Online—Zoom Classroom
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
Poetry Rectangle

Have you ever written the bulk of a poem, but can’t figure out how to wrap it up? If a poem’s ending is a goodbye, what kind of goodbye should we say? Should we slip out the side door? Make a commotion on the way out? Bow? How do we decide how to leave a poem? And when, exactly, should we leave?

In this generative session, we will consider the many ways to end a poem—techniques you can use to figure out where and how to exit a poem. We’ll learn by reading great endings by poets like Ross Gay, Sharon Olds, Aria Aber, Kevin Prufer, Fatimah Asghar, James Wright, Sandra Beasley, and more. Then we will write several endings of our own. We’ll also talk about how writing a poem’s ending can help us make the poem’s necessary discovery. Writers are encouraged to bring drafts of poems they’re working on, though writers can also choose to write new endings together. Writers can expect to leave with drafts of several endings and a better understanding of how to identify the best exit strategies for a particular poem.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

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