The Poem Behind the Poem (Intermediate/Advanced - Weeklong PM) - Tomás Q. Morín
Every poem is in conversation with poems that came before it, whether the poet knows it or not. While we will pay close, line-by-line attention to imagery, voice, plot, and rhythm, we will also discuss the relationship of each poem brought to workshop to a companion poem. Companion poems could be from writers as varied as John Clare, Lucille Clifton, Tadeusz Rozewicz, and Elizabeth Bishop. Our goal will be to discover the ways in which other writers overcame the same literary problems the poems brought to class are wrestling with. You should bring not only poems that you consider unfinished, but also poems you feel are stuck and that, try as you might, you can’t move forward.
Tomás Q. Morín is the author of A Larger Country, winner of the 2012 APR/Honickman First Book Prize and runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: 40 Essays on Philip Levine. His work has been honored with scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Fine Arts Work Center, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, and Poetry. He teaches literature and creative writing at Texas State University.