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When does a poem’s true identity become clear to us? What is the poem beneath the poem? In this workshop we will define and identify the elusive arc of a poem, which is the point in the poem where rests the vein-matter that gives life to the entire poem. We will read and discuss poems by the likes of Yusef Komunyakaa, Carl Phillips, and Ladan Osman in order to make ourselves comfortable with what an arc is and how it works. We will conclude with a writing exercise to get you into good practice of turning your head away in order to get a better look at and feel for the heart of the poem.
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.
Phillip B. Williams is author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels, Burn, and Thief in the Interior. He is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, West Branch, Blackbird, and others.