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The lyric poem is a text of emotion, a text of thought, expressed directly from the poet to the reader. Participants will read various examples of lyric poetry to observe differences in the mode and discuss methods of finding and channeling their lyric selves into a text. Through these steps, participants will produce a poem of their own and have a clearer understanding of lyric poetry in general. This workshop will focus solely on Anglophone poetry, with examples from Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, Jay Wright, Jorie Graham and Carl Phillips, and contain a brief introduction on the traditional forms of the lyric poem.
Dante Micheaux is the author of Circus (Indolent Books, 2018) and Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). His poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, PN Review, The African American Review and Tongue—among other journals and anthologies. He has been shortlisted for the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize. Micheaux’s honors include a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation.