Anne Sexton once said, “Craft is a trick you make up to let you write the poem.” In this workshop, we will use the elements of craft as lenses to look deeply into our poems. How do lines, stanzas, images, rhythm, figurative language, and voice alchemize on the page?
Each week, we will explore a different element and use it to test the boundaries of our work. Discussing each other’s poems and giving constructive feedback will be our main focus.
This workshop is for experienced poets who have published or are preparing work for publication, and are hoping to gain insight into their poems and process.
Instructor Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor, which received the 2015 Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize (Red Paint Hill, 2016). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Sun, Bennington Review, Columbia Poetry Review, The Southeast Review, Poetry Northwest, The Believer, and Washington Square Review, among others. Elizabeth holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in English with a Writing Concentration from Fordham University.
Elizabeth has co-founded two magazines, Guernica and Foundry, and currently edits the latter. Her website is elizabethonusko.com.