Often sweeping in its considerations and ambitious in its scope, the long poem eludes single definition or contains all definitions applied to it. The long poem makes a strenuous demand on its readers’ attention and has been the source of great cerebral, and inspirational, reward. This four-session course is designed to further an understanding of the strategies deployed in this subgenre of poetry. Participants will come to each session prepared to 1) discuss a long poem they have read in advance; 2) share a significant portion of a long poem of their own conception; and 3) receive constructive feedback on said poem.
Together we will study the following poems: “The Schooner Flight” by Derek Walcott; “The Dream of the Unified Field” by Jorie Graham; “The Ambiguous Archive” by Jay Wright; and “Voyage of the Sable Venus” by Robin Coste Lewis.
The poems will be provided upon request, and also can be found in the following editions:
The Star-Apple Kingdom
Collected Poems 1948 – 1984
The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948 – 2013
The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974 – 1994
From the New World: Poems 1976 – 2014
The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two
Robin Coste Lewis
Voyage of the Sable Venus
Workshops are conducted EST via Zoom, a virtual platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation. To participate, please register by the deadline using the ticket portal below, or go to Scholarships. Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.