This six-week workshop will meet on Thursdays, Oct. 26th and Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30th and Dec. 7th from 6:30-8:30pm at THE CABIN, $ 215 or $180 for members. Become a member here
What makes a person an ideal reader of poetry? Consider Joan Houlihan’s answers:
- Loves the art of poetry itself, not just individual poems.
- Is well-read (and not just in poetry).
- Meets the poem on its own terms, that is, without prejudice as to its form, content, style, and unfolding.
- Enjoys being intellectually and emotionally challenged.
- Is drawn to mystery but put off by obscurity.
- Is thrilled by masterful writing of any kind, that is, by the way a line is constructed, how it moves, word choice, syntactical grace.
- Likes to learn something new (in craft or content).
- Wants to be at least as engaged in a poem as in a successful magic act.
In this workshop, we’ll keep these qualities in mind as we read and discuss Anne Boyer’s book Garments Against Women as well as other examples of thrilling contemporary American poetry. There will be plenty of time devoted to generative writing exercises, too, as well as opportunities for participants to share and workshop poems written outside of class.
Tyler Brewington is the author of the chapbook Dear Stray Volcano (alice blue, 2015) and, with Kelly Schirmann, the collection Boyfriend Mountain (Poor Claudia, 2015). His poems have appeared in PEN America’s PEN Poetry Series, Salt Hill, Powder Keg, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at Seattle-based Gramma Press (gramma.press) and received an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Boise, Idaho, and is @bylertrewington in all of the places.