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The Leap: A Poetry Workshop via Zoom with Anton Yakovlev

November 5, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


What happens when a poem that follows a cohesive narrative takes an unexpected turn into startling metaphorical territory, with imagery that seems to come out of nowhere? How can surprise and disorientation help usher in the experience of epiphany and deeper insight? What are the creative purposes of this technique? What are the different types of imaginative leap a poet might employ? In this workshop we will examine classic and contemporary poems that use the leap in a narrative context, and apply the creative strategies discussed in workshop in a writing exercise to generate our own original poems.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and capped at 12. Link will be sent to email you use to register at the time of registration and again the day before the class. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC. Scholarship information will be available for this class on July 15th and applications are due on August 15, 2022.

Anton Yakovlev’s latest chapbook Chronos Dines Alone, winner of the 2018 James Tate Poetry Prize, was published by SurVision Books. The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Yesenin, came out from Sensitive Skin Books in 2019. Yakovlev is also the author of Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017) and two prior chapbooks , most recently Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Measure, The New Criterion, The Nervous Breakdown, Pangyrus, The Paddock Review, SurVision Magazine, upstreet, and elsewhere. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Anton is a graduate of Harvard University.


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November 5, 2022
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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