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Poetic Voice

Poetic Voice


Lucille Clifton once wrote, “I am a Black woman poet and I sound like one.” When we find our voice as poets, the words we write begin to inhabit a unique presence on the page. In this five-week online workshop, we'll study speech and style and how to define voice in poetry, analyzing the work of poets who excel at establishing voice through diction and character. We'll explore the use of dialect, embodied persona and integrated language, and we'll read and listen to recordings of poems by Patricia Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jasmine Mans, Perez Firmat, Lucille Clifton, Danez Smith and Elizabeth Acevedo. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details
  • Professor: Starr Davis
  • Dates: October 24–November 21, 2021
  • Time: Sundays, 4–7 PM (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCT 17, 2021
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 12