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A.A. Milne wrote, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” In a world that seems to be moving faster and faster, it can be tempting to want our poems to write themselves as quickly. In this workshop, we’ll discuss patience as worldview, process, and tool, read and discuss poems that model the value of patience and pacing, as well as generate some drafts of our own.
Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf 2018) and Seam (SIU 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, GLCA New Writers’ Award, Milton Kessler First Book Award, Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and other honors. Her poems appear in periodicals and anthologies both in the U.S. and abroad, have been translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil, and Spanish, featured at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry Magazine, and other honors. In 2016, she was recognized by Harvard Law School’s Women Inspiring Change. Faizullah currently teaches in the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry.