Poets Studio: Spring Session w/ David Biespiel
"Do you feel sometimes frustrated with your poetic progress? Feel you’ll never be able to write the poems you aspire to write? You’re not alone. Poets at every level of experience deal with getting part-ways through a poem and getting bogged down, knowing something’s wrong but can’t figure it out, or don’t dare break the poem for fear of losing the “good parts,” then end up just reworking it over and over, and ending up with an overworked poem that doesn’t arrive at something fresh for the poet. Obviously, this is frustrating. You end up thinking you don’t have enough creative imagination or knowledge for solving poems. And: that you’ll never get it either. For Poets Studio: Spring Session we’re going to attempt to combat that frustration first, by accepting it, and second, by changing the way you practice writing and changing the ways you experience the world. What’s the secret? Alertness to gestures of experience, and juxtaposition. This course won’t be about efficiency or effectiveness in writing poems. It’ll be about failure. Seeking and exploring failure. By daring to fail, you’ll learn to write poems differently, enjoy the feeling of making poems, and discover a new pleasure in writing."