Instructor: Rebecca Morgan Frank
Date & Time: Saturday, July 28 | 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $60 | Nonmember: $115
Registration Closes: July 23
In his essay “The Figure a Poem Makes,” Robert Frost writes that a poem “begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life—not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.”
So how do poets write first lines that delight a reader enough to keep reading? How do they end poems so that readers not only experience “a momentary stay against confusion,” but come back to the poem again and again with renewed interest?
In this craft workshop, participants will focus on how to more effectively bring readers in and out of their poems, and how to allow their opening and closing lines to work in concert with one another. They will read and discuss different modes of endings and beginnings, as well as engaging in writing exercises and revision exercises.
+ PLEASE BRING Students should bring to the workshop a poem in-progress that they would like to revise.
Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of three collections of poems: Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country (Carnegie Mellon, 2017); The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon, 2016); and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon Poetry, 2012), finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She has received the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for her manuscript-in-progress, and her poems have appeared in such places as The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Literary Imagination, Harvard Review, The Missouri Review online, and Guernica. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Rebecca Morgan Frank holds an MFA from Emerson College and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati. She is the recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship and fellowships and residencies from such places as the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Writers’ Room of Boston,Catwalk, and the Ragdale Foundation. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Memorious, Frank has taught at Emerson College and in the graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She was recently the Jacob Ziskind Poet in Residence at Brandeis University, and she will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University in Spring 2019.
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