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Reworking a poem can be an extension of the creative act, one that has the potential to deepen our experience of the hand-in-hand relationship between the generative impulse and the revising one.
For award-wining poet Carol Moldaw, this subject is second nature, and in our first group meeting, she presents her initial thoughts on the revision strategy of finding the poem’s core. To that end, we discuss poems submitted by participants in advance of the workshop, which everyone will have already seen.
The following sessions focus on additional strategies for revision. We consider different methods of engaging with our material, from consciously developing metaphor to finding a poem’s music and working with lineation to create lyric tension. In addition to learning how to create and employ stanzaic forms, we also address the importance of honing the opening and conclusion of a poem.
In each session participants have the choice to present new poems or ongoing revisions of work they have already shared. We finish the workshop with a group reading.
If you have some experience writing poetry and wish to extend and enhance your practice, join Carol for an opportunity to reveal and revel in the joy, imaginative license, and maker’s satisfaction that the revision process can spark.
Participants need to have some experience writing poetry.
Each participant will be asked to submit samples of his/her poetry in advance of the workshop so that other participants will have the chance to review the writing before the workshop begins.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Carol Moldaw is an award-winning American poet and author whose poems have appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus, and The Threepenny Review, among many others. The recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, she has taught at Naropa University, the College of Santa Fe, and Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine’s low-residency MFA program. In addition to being a recurrent visiting writer at the Vermont Studio Center, Carol has also served as the Louis D. Rubin Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University. Her most recent book is Beauty Refracted.