Instructor: Mark Doty
Monday - Friday
June 17 - 21
1pm - 4pm
How do you know when a poem is done? The answer to that question is anything but simple. In this generative workshop we’ll be writing new poems, working with a sequence of exercises to dig into the possibilities hiding in the text, and looking for ways to deepen and complicate our writing. Our goal is to invite complexity, court the difficult, unsettle the known. We'll read provocative contemporary poems and look at how they work. Open to poets at any level of experience; all you need are writing implements, an open mind and a little courage.
Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poems, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award for poetry in 2008. He’s also the author of five books of nonfiction prose. What is the Grass. a new book centered on the work of Walt Whitman is forthcoming from Norton in 2020. He lives in New York City and is Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University.