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We will open by discussing just what a poetic obsession is. Then we’ll apply that definition to strategies for engaging with poems written as parts of long projects, sequences, and works in series. We’ll read excerpts of works in sequence and participate in prompts crafted to generate work from a single source of inspiration. Readings will pull from David Lee’s The Porcine Canticles, Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Rochelle Hurt’s The Rusted City, CA Conrad’s The Book of Frank, and Thorpe Moeckel’s Venison. Writing exercises will encourage the generation of new work.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four books of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems, and co-chairs Kundiman's advisory board. He teaches in the MFA program at Western Washington University.