An intensive poetry workshop exploring the deep connection between poetic form and meaning, taught by Annie Finch. Includes inspiration, generating new work, writing, and revising a poem.
A Journey Through Deep Form
In this day-long intensive workshop, we will explore the multiple dimensions of a simple idea: that poetic meaning and form are inseparable. How does this approach change our ways of reading the poems we love? What does it mean for the process of inspiration and generating new work? How can it enhance the process of revising a poem? Prepare to encounter previously hidden voices and discover compelling guideposts to powerful revision, as we explore the ineffably deep structures where poems arise.
Required: Bring a notebook for writing new poetry, some loose typing-size paper and a pencil with an eraser, and at least one poem by another poet that you admire for the relation between its meaning and form. Optional: You may also bring ten typed double-spaced copies of an existing poem, in form or free verse, to share for revision guidance and discussion.
Workshop is from 10 am — 4 pm.
Tea will be provided. Please bring a bag lunch for yourself and/or snacks to share.
RESPONSE FROM PARTICIPANTS
“Your exercises and instruction were magical.”
“Annie is the consummate teacher.”
“Your workshop was by far the greatest workshop I’ve ever attended.”
“The class was an absolute revelation.”
Annie Finch is an award-winning poet and writer, author of Spells: New and Selected Poems, The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, and Among the Goddesses, winner of the Sarasvati Award for Poetry. Her work appears in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, and onstage at Carnegie Hall. She earned a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Stanford, has taught widely, and has performed her poetry on five continents. Based in Washington, DC, she travels to perform and to teach workshops.