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Posts about “Poetry”

Hearing Voices: Breaking Writer’s Block through Radical Listening by Matt Trease

Posted Tue, 1/21/2020 - 8:58am by  |  Category: , , ,

In the many years since I decided to become a writer and teacher, I’ve heard numerous students, and even established writers, bemoan what they call writer’s block with some variation of the lament “I just don’t feel I have anything…

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Micro Lesson: Writing the Dead and Other Magical Inclinations by Michele Bombardier

Posted Fri, 1/17/2020 - 9:53am by  |  Category: , , ,

One of the best parts of being a poet is the outrageousness of it.  “Out here I can say anything” Larry Levis famously wrote, and we understand viscerally what he meant. On the page, we get to say anything, go…

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Micro Lesson: Writing From Nature by John Farnsworth

Posted Tue, 12/17/2019 - 9:22am by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

When people learn that I’m a nature writer, there’s a natural assumption that what I spend most of my time doing is writing about nature. While it would not be unkind or even inaccurate to characterize my work this way,…

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How To Write Several Poems in the Course of an Afternoon by Kelli Russell Agodon

Posted Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , ,

There is this belief that we can sit down at a laptop or open our notebooks and write a poem. While some can do that, there are many who, when they sit down and see the blank screen, follow that…

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Three Strategies for Reclaiming Your Writing Time by Liza Birnbaum

Posted Tue, 10/29/2019 - 9:35am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

At the top of every slippery slope is a spot that feels like solid, level ground.  For me, the top of one such slope came around mid-May of this year. After holding out for over 10 years, I’d gotten a…

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What I am Trying to Say: A Micro Lesson in Revising for Truth by CMarie Fuhrman

Posted Wed, 10/09/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

It was an essay about climate change.  At least that is what I wanted the essay to be about. I wrote passionately about finding trash on the trail, the bear hunter who passed us on the road, a meadow in…

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Spotlight Poetry: An Interview with Kenji C. Liu & Ching-In Chen

Posted Fri, 9/13/2019 - 9:54am by  |  Category: , , ,

On September 26, poets Kenji C. Liu and Ching-In Chen will read from their latest work as part of our first-ever Spotlight Poetry night. Spotlight readings feature writers whose work transcends, engages, and recontextualizes poetry in the current moment. We…

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Writing Prompt: Affected Bodies, Trauma, and Non-Human Encounters by Janice Lee

Posted Thu, 8/01/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

What really exists is not things made but things in the making. —William James How other kinds of beings see us matters. That other kinds of beings see us changes things. —Eduardo Kohn In my upcoming class, Memory Space: Inherited…

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How Do Poems End? by Evelynn Yuen

Posted Fri, 7/19/2019 - 9:52am by  |  Category: ,

One of the most challenging parts of writing a poem is figuring out how to end it.  You want the ending to be poignant or beautiful or subversive, but how do you do that? These suggestions are by no means…

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Micro Lesson: A Short Meditation on the Glamorous Refusal of No! by Anastacia-Renée

Posted Fri, 7/12/2019 - 4:21pm by  |  Category: , , , , , ,

In the beginning of my writing career, it was a given that I’d say “Absolutely” or “Yes” to almost anything asked of me—oftentimes watching others reaping the benefits or, even worse, finding out that the heartfelt energy I’d put into…

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Micro Lesson: Detroit or Kansas? How to Hear the Voices Inside Your Head by Emily Warn and Nadia Imafidon

Posted Tue, 7/02/2019 - 9:44am by  |  Category: , ,

Emily’s take: When I say poem, it sounds like pome. I can easily mimic Frances McDormand when she says, “What’s in your BYAG, MA’AM?” (Fargo). My sharp “a’s” (grating to some) are sheep bya, byaing and not bah, bahing.  That’s…

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Micro Lesson: How to Write Yourself Home by Merna Ann Hecht

Posted Fri, 6/28/2019 - 9:43am by  |  Category: , , , ,

“To be an immigrant is to always live in some state of exile, even if its shadow seems to have grown faint inside us; you cannot forget your old homes, no matter how comfortingly familiar your new destination becomes, or…

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Micro Lesson: Writing Short by Stephanie Hammer and Samantha Updegrave

Posted Tue, 4/30/2019 - 9:12am by  |  Category: , , ,

As MFA classmates, we had the fun and honor of learning how to write short forms with a master of both the prose poem and flash fiction: the speculative writer Bruce Holland Rogers. Bruce is famous for coming up with…

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How to Hybrid by Shayla Lawson

Posted Wed, 4/17/2019 - 9:14am by  |  Category: , , , ,

We live in an age where writing is genre-fluid. Some of us have learned, some of us have adapted, and some of us have always been there. Wherever you are in the spectrum right now, it is a wonderful time…

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Micro Lesson: Let’s Make a Lexicon! by Samantha Updegrave

Posted Tue, 4/16/2019 - 10:15am by  |  Category: , , , , , , ,

What is a lexicon? A wordbook. The vocabulary proper to some department of knowledge or sphere of activity. The vocabulary or word-stock of a region, particular speaker, etc. A list of words or names. Why have a lexicon? “The writers…

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