Instructor: Lee Sharkey
Date & Time: Saturday, March 11 | 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 12 (Full. Wait List Only.)
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
Though it usually gets less attention in discussions of poetry than imagery, voice, and formal structure, syntax—the arrangement of words to form phrases, clauses, and sentences—is integral to shaping a poem’s tone, pace, music, cadence, and emotional effect on the reader.
In this workshop, attendees will review some fundamentals of English-language syntax, examine how poets from Whitman and Dickinson to contemporary wordsmiths such as Ocean Vuong, Tyehimba Jess, and Martha Collins have deployed sentence structure and fragmentation to a range of effects in their work, and try out a variety of syntactic strategies in writing exercises.
Lee Sharkey’s Walking Backwards just appeared from Tupelo Press. Her earlier collections include Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight other full-length poetry books and chapbooks. Her work has been published in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the RHINO Editor’s Prize, the Shadowgraph Poetry Prize, and Zone 3’s Rainmaker Award in Poetry. She leads a creative writing workshop for adults recovering from mental illness and serves as Senior Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal. VISIT leesharkey.net
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