2015 Workshop Description

Movement: Balancing Image to Statement in Poetry

Instructor: Indigo Moor

To paraphrase Vladimir Nabokov: a poet should possess the precision of a master engineer coupled with the imagination of a lotus dreamer. A great idea for a poem needs proper execution to bring it to fruition. Successive exposition can render the poem stagnant, while excessive imagery can bog down the poem’s meaning.

In this workshop we will practice negotiating evocative statements and powerful imagery to allow the poem to flow and breathe. Each participant can expect constructive criticism, oral and written, that will help illuminate the poem’s overall effectiveness. Exercises and discussion will improve the poet’s understanding of his or her own tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses. In addition, we will place great emphasis on ending strongly, presenting the best poem possible over a particular conclusion.