"I always tell my students to take notes on their lives: to literally write down, indiscriminately, everything in their world," writes Cruz. "The Chekhov on the old wood nightstand near the bed, the chipped tea cup, the pile of French Vogue magazines stacked on the floor. These objects reveal far more than we can say about our selves—and more honestly. This is the stuff of our poems. Not necessarily lists or list poems, but, rather, incorporating, in some way, the objects which hold meaning into our work."
When we write poems, we begin with what we don’t know, collecting disparate bits and pieces. When we revise, we use what we know: the pull of sound, language, meaning, silence and order. In this advanced workshop, we look at craft—line, space, stanza, form, music and register of language—as well as the work of outside writers who use these tools in their own writing.
Manuscript submission required
Cynthia Cruz is the author of RUIN, The Glimmering Room and Wunderkammer. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University.
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