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Delve into the wonders of writing in form. Masters of formal verse whose poems we’ll examine for inspiration include Terrance Hayes, Diane Seuss, Susan Blackwell Ramsey, and Patricia Smith. Students will write at least a half-dozen formal poems, including a sonnet, pantoum, glosa, rondeau, haiku, and sestina.
Martha Silano is the author of five poetry books, including Gravity Assist, Reckless Lovely, and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, all from Saturnalia Books. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, American Poetry Review, and Paris Review, among others, and in four dozen print anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation and Best American Poetry 2009. She also co-authored, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice. Martha received Yaddo's 2017 Martha Walsh Pulver Residency. She teaches at Bellevue College.