As poets, we constantly face the blank page. This can be maddening, as the same old fears can haunt us: What do I have to say? Is it interesting enough? Am I writing the same thing over and over? Will I ever write another poem again? In this class, we’ll immerse ourselves in the messiness of the creative process, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of sources—our observations, insights, memories, dreams, and language itself—to jump start our poetry, surprise ourselves, and find new doorways into our poems and ourselves. Through both in-class exercises and critique, we’ll emerge from the class with a rich heap of new writing, and transform the blank page into a space of potential instead of dread.