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This four-hour workshop will begin with an hour-long discussion of the poetic line. Using published poems as examples, we’ll consider how several poets use and combine long lines and short lines, end-stopped lines and enjambed lines. We’ll experience lines as visual objects, and listen to them as music. We’ll of course discuss line breaks, but also consider lines as units in themselves. The last three hours of the workshop will be spent in careful discussion of your own poems.
Please e-mail a copy of a one-page poem that you’re not yet satisfied with to Martha Collins at [email protected] by noon on Thursday, September 28.
NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and will be capped at 10 students. Registrants will receive the Zoom link to the email address they use to register. It will arrive immediately after registration so please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. It will also be sent the day before class as a reminder. Please review the course policies page before registering for any classes. Please email ask @writerscenter.org with any questions.
Martha Collins’ eleventh book of poetry is Casualty Reports (Pittsburgh, 2022); her tenth, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Her previous poetry books include two volumes of linked sequences, Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2018 & 2014), and three works that focus on race and racism: Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). Her awards include an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, two Ohioana awards, and fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. Collins has published five volumes of co-translations from the Vietnamese, most recently Dreaming the Mountain: Poems by Tuệ Sỹ, with Nguyen Ba Chung (Milkweed, 2023), and co-edited, with Kevin Prufer, Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (Graywolf, 2017). Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and later served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. Her website is marthacollinspoet.com