Students will explore their obsessions in order to write a sequence of poems centered on a person, myth, place, or another subject. We rarely write one piece without finding images worthy of investigation. Using Keats’s concept of negative capability, we will “entertain uncertainty.” The sequence can be developed into a chapbook or book-length collection. Prompts will be provided by the instructor. Bring a poem to the first class.
Judith Skillman is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and Artist Trust. Her recent collection is The Truth About Our American Births, Shanti Arts, 2020. Poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Zyzzyva, We Refugees, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry. For more, please visit judithskillman.com.