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Identifying modes of poems is an underused method of diagnosing why they satisfy the reader (or don’t). In this workshop, we’ll define the four basic modes of poems (lyric, narrative, argument, description) and read examples of each. Then we’ll turn to participants’ poems, asking whether the poem’s current structure is its best structure. To do that, we might imagine a narrative poem as a lyric or vice versa. Bring copies of two poems that you’re unhappy with.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Natasha Sajé teaches at Westminster College and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA. In 2014 she published a third book of poems, Vivarium, and a book of essays, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory. www.natashasaje.com