Instructor: Annie Finch
Date & Time: Saturday, April 8 | 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $65 | Nonmember: $125
It can be tempting to think of rhythm, meter, or form as a container, something outside and separate from a poem. But the best poems sing with rhythms that move them as innately as waves work the water. Even if a poet has never written in meter, these powerful patterns are already helping to shape their poems.
This workshop will explore the significance and poetic potential of the unique pattern of rhythms that moves through each participant’s poems. By understanding and connecting with the rhythms singing in their work, whether free verse or form, attendees will discover voices they did not know were present in their work, and a path to fresh and exciting revisions.
Annie Finch is the author of six books of poetry, including Eve (republished in the Carnegie Mellon University Press Contemporary Classics Poetry Series) Calendars (finalist, Foreword Book of the Year Award), Among the Goddesses (awarded the Sarasvati Award for Poetry) and Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press). Annie’s poems have been performed at Carnegie Hall, installed in New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and published in journals such as Poetry, Partisan Review, Harvard Review, and Paris Review and anthologies including Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Norton Anthology of World Poetry, and Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Her works also include poetic translation, memoir, and verse drama, and she collaborates frequently on musical, ritual, and theater performances. Annie has published a dozen anthologies, books of literary criticism, and poetic craft texts, including Villanelles, Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, and the popular books for poets An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art, and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. In 2011 she received the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contributions to the art and science of poetic versification. Educated at Yale and the University of Houston with a Ph.D from Stanford, she has taught at numerous universities, founded the Discussion of Women’s Poetry listserv, and served for a decade as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program. VISIT anniefinch.com
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