Get ready, get set…You’ll either come into workshop with a poem draft you’re interested in but dissatisfied with, or, at the workshop’s beginning, you’ll generate a brand new first draft following a prompt designed to give you something substantial to work with. Each day, you’ll overhaul the poem in a different way according to a different kamikaze revision suggestion, working towards vision and possibility and collecting tools for future revisions. Along the way, we’ll discuss process and do some light reading as you work on your revisions, and you’ll be invited to comment, briefly, on other people’s results. The workshop leader will supply you with detailed commentary on all your drafts at the end of the workshop. This workshop is not about tidying, but about re-seeing, and revision as discovery.
Daisy Fried’s book of “versions and aversions” of the 19th C. French poet, Charles Baudelaire, will be published by Flood Editions in 2022. She is also the author of three other books of poems: My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It. A past Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellow in poetry, she is a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for writers, and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she lives.