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My Life Has Gotten So Busy: A Workshop on Titles [Chen Chen]

All Levels | What can a title do for a poem? For a reader of that poem? In this generative workshop that borrows its title from a Nancy Jurs exhibit (My Life Has Gotten So Busy That It Now Takes Up All of My Time), we’ll examine a wide array of titles and titling strategies—from the headline to the preview to the doorway, and more. We’ll study examples from poets like Victoria Chang, Tarfia Faizullah, Lucille Clifton, and others. We’ll turn to music and visual art for fresh titling inspiration, and we’ll play a titling game which will lead up to a full draft of a new poem.