Free Range Poetry: The Fine Art of Making a Mess

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Free Range Poetry: The Fine Art of Making a Mess
March 8, 2014 2:00 pm
Member $65 | Nonmember $125
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
December 20, 2013
The Firehouse Center
5 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, ME, 04543, United States

GreenbergA Poetry Workshop

Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12

Workshop Info
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→ Dibner Fellowship (FELLOWSHIP DEADLINE: Monday, February 17 at 9:00 a.m.)

One could theorize that some of the most exciting poetry from any part of history or the world manages to walk the line between chaos and control, concision and surprise. A little purposeful sloppiness can be a great way to enliven, embolden and deepen the heart of the “well-crafted” poem. In this one-day workshop, we will look at examples of poems that excel at this balancing act and succeed in uniting the mess with the measured, talk about the contemporary “elliptical” poetry aesthetic, and make new poems from a series of exercises designed to get us ranging more freely in our poem-writing.

*NOTE: This class will not be workshopping poems in the traditional sense; no previously written poems will be critiqued. Instead, we will be drafting new poems, trying out new modes and techniques, and turning off our inner censors. Come ready to write!

Arielle Greenberg is a former associate professor in the MFA and undergraduate poetry program at Columbia College Chicago and current faculty in the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program. Twice featured in the Best American Poetry series, she is a MacDowell Colony fellow, the author of three nationally published poetry collections, and co-editor of several poetry anthologies. She is also a literary critic and scholar and regular columnist for the American Poetry Review.