07/22 Revising Your Poems with James Meetze
Drastic (Re)vision: Permission to Reimagine Your Poems
Often, poets fall into the trap of thinking their poems to be sacrosanct. The real truth is that a poem is a poem: it is material and it is artifice. When we begin to look at our poems as material, as language organized into units of meaning (or unmeaning), and relinquish our authorial grasp, we can see that other, different organizations of the language or different language altogether might better serve the poem as a unit.
In this workshop, we will look at and deconstruct our own poems so that when they are revised they reach their true potential, they sing in their truest form.
As the goal of the course is to see our poems from different perspectives with the intent to revise them, we will engage in some drastic revision techniques. We might remove every other line of a poem to see how it resonates differently, format a poem in prose to evaluate syntactic cohesion, delete adverbs to create resolute images, or perform English-to-English translation of our own work.
James Meetze’s book Dayglo was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and published by Ahsahta Press. He is also the author of I Have Designed This for You (Editions Assemblage, 2007), and editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010), which was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award. His work has appeared in 4 chapbooks and numerous publications, including AGNI, A Public Space, American Letters & Commentary, The Rattling Wall, and New American Writing, among others. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Mills College, and a BA in Literature/Creative Writing from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he was awarded the Poet Laureate Award from the University of California, and he is currently working toward a PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has taught Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos, in the MFA Program at National University, and is currently Assistant Professor of English at Ashford University. A new chapbook, Dark Art 1-12, is forthcoming in 2013.
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