It can be easy to fall into a poetic rut. To feel stuck in routine or less than terrified (don’t we all want to be a little terrified by our poems?) by what we put on the page. This four-week course will focus on exercises that will open new ideas, techniques, and associations in your poems and, in doing so, become more daring, more charged, more potent. We will comment on each other’s poems, but we’ll focus more on making than honing.
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of five collections, most recently Toward Antarctica and Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. Cascadia: A Field Guide Through Art, Ecology and Poetry will be published in 2023. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, and her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize and a Stegner Fellowship. Founder of Broadsided Press, Bradfield works as a naturalist/guide and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University. www.ebradfield.com