The Practice of Poetry (Weeklong PM- Level: All) – Amy Beeder
Dylan Thomas claimed that "the best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps in the words of the poem so that the something that is not the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in." In this class for students at any level, we will discuss how to cultivate those gaps—and other matters, such as persona poems, what constitutes a "political poem", whether it is necessary to sometimes risk sentimentality, and how careful attention to sound can lend beauty and conviction to your work.
Besides engaging in passionate & inspiring discussion, we will generate new work through rigorous in-class exercises, spend at least one class critiquing student work, and discuss the practicalities of beginning (or continuing to) publish poetry. Come prepared for an intensive week.
Amy Beeder - photo credit Tom Mellin
Amy Beeder is the author two books of poetry: Burn the Field and Now Make an Altar, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Nation, Pleiades, American Letters & Commentary, and other journals. She teaches poetry at the University of New Mexico.