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Beyond “I love you”: Syntactic Strategies for Poems with Martha Collins via Zoom
August 29, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree – $124
Please note that this workshop is now sold out! Thanks for all the interest. If you want to be put on the waiting list for this workshop, or have questions about other poetry workshop options, please email [email protected]
This four hour workshop will begin with a discussion of a variety of syntactic strategies for writing poems that get beyond the predictable subject-verb-object sentence (“I love you”). Using examples of published poems, we’ll explore ways in which syntax and prosody—sentence and line—can work together to create complex poetic textures.
In addition to giving you a number of ideas for crafting new poems, this discussion may provide focus for our consideration of your own poems in the second part of the workshop. Please e-mail a copy of one poem (limit one full page) that you’re not yet satisifed with to [email protected] by Thursday August 27th at noon.
This class is capped at 15 students.
Please note: The Altman Person of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend the class. We will then reopen the slot so another student may register. Thank you in advance for this consideration.
Martha Collins’ tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019) is a sequence of poems addressed to her husband following his unexpected death. Her previous volumes include two linked sequences, Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014, 2018), as well as three works that focus on race: Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). The latter won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. Collins’ other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation, as well as two Ohioana awards, three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry and co-edited, with Kevin Prufer, Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (Graywolf, 2017). Other co-edited works include two volumes in the Unsung Masters Series and a collection of essays about the poet Jane Cooper. Founder of the Creative Writing Program at U.Mass.-Boston and former Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College, Collins currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her website is marthacollinspoet.com