June 20, 2019–August 22, 2019
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Poetic Alchemy: Gold—Balance and Beauty in Poems and Collections
For the ancient alchemists, the practice of alchemy was part of a spiritual worldview: gold symbolized natural and human renewal, regeneration and beauty; gold, by its very nature, contained the perfect balance of the four elements.
Part three of this series class is primarily a workshop in which you will continue to workshop/regenerate/revise poems generated in Parts 1 and 2 or poems generated independently (especially if you are taking this class as a stand-alone), working towards a series of finished poems that balance the demands of form and content; poems that can be sent out as submissions or worked into a chapbook/book.
We will discuss how to choose poems for submission and look at the challenges of sequencing a chapbook and/or manuscript: how do you arrange individual poems so that they enlarge each other and create an arc, a small and balanced world? What are some of the strategies other poets have employed? What about the possibility of a collection that works against the idea of "sequence", or arc, and why might you chose this approach?
To spark our discussions, we will read a selection of essays (by poets and editors) that present various approaches to chapbook/book organization and design.
No class 7/18.