ClassMaster Class: The Beautiful Exchange: Advanced Poetry Workshop
“The reader,” claimed Whitman, “will always have his or her part to do, just as much as I have mine.” But what is the part, or role, of the poet as reader? As writers, what can we learn from reading poems and discovering what Edward Hirsch calls “the soul in action.” How can we take what we find there and use it to inform and deepen our own writing?
In looking closely at a poem we begin to see how its technical accomplishments help create our responses to it: to learn about the nature of poetry, then, we must go to the poem. This advanced workshop is designed for those with a writing practice and a knowledge of poetic craft. Through weekly workshops, discussions (using The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration by Edward Hirsch), and an in-depth look at one poem a week by a master poet, we will explore the relationships between creativity, technique, and the genesis our own poems, exploring how the larger issues/concerns of our creative lives emerge/manifest through craft as well as subject. Take-home prompts/assignments will ensure you are engaging with new material.
Please obtain The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration by Edward Hirsch before the first class.
No class 11/27.