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2017-11/19 Tennis Without a Net: What Creates Unity and Coherence in Free Verse Poetry? with Pamela Garvey

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017 Time: 6pm to 8pm Number of sessions: 1 day only Members: $30 Nonmembers: $36 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106
Linear? Associative? Beginnings? Endings? How many ways can a poem be organized? What creates coherence and unity? What lines hook a reader? How do poets know they’ve found the end of the poem? Whether new to poetry or writing it for years, the poet struggles with these questions. This workshop will offer some answers through examples by poets such as James Wright, Wallace Stevens, Louise Gluck and drafts of poems Garvey has written. This interactive session will focus on participant poems as well highlighting revision techniques that participants can use to generate, organize and finalize their own work. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring 1-3 poems in progress.
Pamela Garvey is the author of the collection of poetry Seven Miles Deep (Five Oaks P, 2017). Her poetry, fiction and book reviews have appeared in Esquire,Missouri Review, Margie, Spoon River Poetry Review, The North American Review and many other journals. Honors include being a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation prize. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Things Impossible to Swallow (2River Press, 2013), and Fear (Finishing Line Press, 2008), a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition. Her one act plays have been performed at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and St. Louis Community College, where Garvey is professor of English. She is currently working on a full length play entitled The Piddlings.

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