Writing Poetry Differently (Afternoon)

with Marie Howe


The poet Stanley Kunitz once cautioned us against clichés of speech, but he went on to caution us against clichés of thought and feeling as well. What are clichés of thought and feeling? What are ours? How do we undermine, and revise thought habits, feeling habits, and composition habits so that writing (and revision) can become a way of discovering the new? Come prepared to get a little lost. Come ready to generate a lot of writing. Come ready to destroy what you might have had in mind so that you might have an experience you did not anticipate. This workshop will be mostly generative and celebrative with some occasional critique offered by the leader that might be helpful to everyone.

4 Afternoons:  Monday 11/11–Thursday 11/14 | 1:30-4:30pm


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Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry: Magdalene: Poems (W.W. Norton, 2017); The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W.W. Norton, 2009); What the Living Do (1997); and The Good Thief (1988). She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State. She is the poet in residence at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

“Marie Howe’s poetry is luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life. Her long, deep-breathing lines address the mysteries of flesh and spirit, in terms accessible only to a woman who is very much of our time and yet still in touch with the sacred.” —Stanley Kunitz