We’ll spend our week generating poems, and each day we’ll start something new together. Each day will bring us lyric inspiration that will consist of work from two poets (one contemporary poet and one pre-20th century poet), a mythological tale, visual art, a rhetorical trope, idioms, and even popular song lyrics. We’ll take these calculated moves and whatever inspiration you bring from personal experience to create more textured, layered, and seriously playful poems. Expect daily in-class writing exercises, optional take-home assignments, readings from a class packet of poems, and supportive group discussions of the work you generate. A great introduction for beginning poets or experienced poets looking to jump-start their work.
Michael Morse teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York and has taught at The University of Iowa and The New School. His first book, Void and Compensation, was a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has published poems in various journals—including A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, Field, The Iowa Review, and Ploughshares—and in anthologies that include The Best American Poetry 2012 and Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days. Honors include fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is a poetry editor for The Literary Review.