On Becoming a Poet
All Levels | When did you first realize you were a poet—the one who held the memories, the truth-teller, the songster, the secret-keeper, the soothsayer, the storymaker, the watcher, the healer, the shit disturber, the philosopher? We’ll look at poems by poets who detail the moment in their lives they came of imaginative age, including poets Larry Levis, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Wrigley, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, and Pablo Neruda. Come prepared to write your own poem that details, as Neruda says, the day your “heart broke loose on the wind.”
Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux’s most recent collection is Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected, W.W. Norton. She is also author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award. She recently published a limited edition chapbook, SALT, from The Field Office Press. Laux teaches poetry at North Carolina State and Pacific University. In 2020, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.