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Poetry Writing Workshop: Ekphrasis

Poetry Writing Workshop: Ekphrasis In-Person / Online

This is the last of three poetry writing workshops with Michael Metivier. Attendance can be in person or by Zoom. Please contact Jared Jenisch at jared.jenisch@thehowe.org to reserve a spot. Attendance is limited to 12.

What do we need when we sit down (or lie back, or hold onto the steering wheel, or…) to write a poem? Do we require something Deep™ or Important© or Heavy® to say? These three workshops will emphasize play, experimentation, and ways to get at the truth, but slant, as Emily Dickinson might say. In other words, the goal will be participants to write poems that surprise themselves, for if the writer is not surprised, then the reader will not be, either.

November: Ekphrasis

Ekphrastic poems are those that describe, narrate, or comment on a work of visual art. They provide excellent opportunities to work with both tact and place. We will read a few ekphrastic poems, discuss different ways to approach them, and then write our own ekphrastic poems.

Michael Metivier is a writer, an editor, a musician, and a lexicographer. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, the Bennington Review, and the African American Review, among other journals and publications. Columba, a quarterly, published his long poem “Glacial, Erratic” in 2022 as part of a split chapbook with poet Erín Moure. Metivier lives with his wife and daughters in Windsor, Vermont, and is an editor at Merriam-Webster (http://michaelmetivier.com/).

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Aldrich Room
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