Writing Odes: Elevating the Everyday
Unpack how form and content come together to celebrate both the elevated and the mundane in a curated packet of poetry. How might the ode illuminate and celebrate seemingly ordinary aspects of life in ways that reveal new understandings? Together, we'll identify the key craft strategies at play in several contemporary odes, including work by Safia Elhillo, Ellen Bass, and Kevin Young. This class will include quiet writing time with poetry prompts inspired by key examples.
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Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press), won the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.
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