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The Persona

The Persona

As Rimbaud famously wrote, sometimes I is another: but who? Who is speaking in a poem dissociated from the lyric I? What are the challenges, pitfalls and advantages associated with using a persona in contemporary poetry? In this generative, six-week online workshop, we'll read and write poems that use personas, whether they be fictional characters, historical personages or autobiographical stand-ins, and explore some of the powerful and potentially thorny issues involved in the use of this device. Readings will draw on a wide range of poets (including Browning, Frank Bidart, Ai, Anne Carson, Mary Jo Bang and others) as we investigate notions of voice and representation across the poetic spectrum. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Thursday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Gregory Crosby
  • Dates: July 8–August 12, 2021
  • Time: Thursdays, 7–9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JULY 4, 2021
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through FRI, MAY 30