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There are so many creative titles for poetry workshops today but it still comes down to close readings of poems: word by word and line by line. In this class you will look closely at the fundamental techniques that will shape and revitalize your poems. You will develop and refine any weaknesses, then explore new strategies to energize images, sonics, similes and metaphors. Through discussion and numerous approaches, we will explore strategies to strengthen older work and generate new, unexpected compelling narratives. There will be meaningful prompts and assignments for both in and outside of class. At the beginning of each session there will be an examination of the work of an established poet to explore how they energize their language and incorporate those similar techniques into your own.

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Instructor: Kevin Pilkington

Kevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of nine collections: Spare Change was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner; Getting By won the Ledge chapbook award; In the Eyes of a Dog received the New York Book Festival Award; The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree was a Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies including: Birthday Poems: A Celebration, Western Wind, and Contemporary Poetry of New England. Over the years, he has been nominated for four Pushcarts. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including: The Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden’s Ferry, Columbia, North American Review, etc. He has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities including The New School, Manhattanville College, MIT, University of Michigan, Susquehanna University, Georgia Tech. His debut novel Summer Shares was published in 2012 and a paperback edition was reissued in summer 2014. His collection Where You Want To Be: New and Selected Poems was a 2017 IPPY Award Winner. A new collection entitled Playing Poker With Tennessee Williams was just published by Black Lawrence Press. He recently completed a second novel.