This workshop will focus on reading and writing poems whose speakers place another before them, and then make charged figurative connections to what Walt Whitman called “the other I am.” We will read each other’s poems line by line, examining line breaks, poetic strategy, form, intention, imagery, tropes, verbal music, and what John Keats described in his definition of “negative capability” as the ability to “exist in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” In addition to writing poems with transpersonal speakers, we will also write a few persona poems as class exercises.
This workshop was funded in part by the Burlington City Arts Community (http://www.burlingtoncityarts.org) Fund.
Chard deNiord is the poet laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, most recently Interstate (2015) and The Double Truth(2011). His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets was published by Marick Press in 2011. His new book of interviews titled I Would Lie to You If I Could is due out in the spring of 2018 from the University of Pittsburgh Press.He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont with his wife Liz.