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’s Oscar the Misanthropist, won the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2021. Her work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Threepenny Review, Zyzzyva, and other literary journals. She is the recipient of awards from Academy of American Poets and Artist Trust, and lead editor of When Home Is Not Safe, Writings on Domestic Verbal, Emotional, and Physical Abuse, McFarland. Skillman’s new book is Subterranean Address, New & Selected Poems 2014-2022, Deerbrook Editions. Visit www.judithskillman.com for more information.