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The Poem's Ending

The Poem's Ending


How should poems end, and how do you pull off an ending that feels both unexpected and inevitable? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll develop our ear for landings that can pleasurably shock the reader and reinform the poem overall. Rilke’s edict (“You must change your life”) will provide us with a starting point as we look at poems by Louise Glück, Thomas James, Philip Larkin, Rachel Zucker, James Wright, Stanley Kunitz, and Phillip B. Williams, among others. We’ll consider the music of a great last line; how to end on an image without embellishment; what the place of surprise is in the lyric poem; how to earn the ending without being manipulative; and more. By the end of the workshop, we’ll have crafted five new poems attuned to the impact of their closings and the silence they leave in their wake. Weekly work for the course will be done asynchronously on Wet Ink, and the professor will provide video introductions to course material and assignments and, at the end of the course, a one-on-one video conference with each student.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Jay Deshpande
  • Dates: November 1–December 6, 2020
  • Time: asynchronous
  • Location: online
  • Cost: $295
  • Class size: 6–12 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCTOBER 25, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, AUG 30