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Girders & Cables: What Holds a Poem Together

Girders & Cables: What Holds a Poem Together


We cross bridges every day, both mindful of their structure and also indifferent. But without structure, the materials that hold up the bridge, we would not be able to cross to the other side. This workshop will focus on how the poet decides to structure poems: using conventional/traditional forms or more open-ended formal devices? Each poet will generate new work and explore the ways the poem could be made in two or three different ways as a method to discover which structure works best for the poet and poem. Contemporary poetic practices allow for great diversity in work, but whether you’re writing a villanelle or exploring hybridization, words and space must find a way to hold together.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Patricia Spears Jones
  • Dates: October 20-November 17, 2019
  • Time: Sundays, 4-7 PM
  • Location: Bed-Stuy
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCTOBER 13, 2019
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, SEPT 8