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Toni Morrison has said that “as a writer, a failure is just information,” and, in a sense, revision is recognition of past failure. In this class, we’ll learn what to do with this information, studying what poems can gain by undergoing a process of “conscious” revision, where the writing process itself becomes part of the work. We’ll look at the poems and strategies used by poets such as Bhanu Kapil, Matthew Rohrer, Terrance Hayes, Wallace Stevens, and Emily Dickinson to refine old work and generate new ideas.
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.
Bill Carty has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Artist Trust, and Hugo House. He is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming, Octopus Books). His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and other journals.