Eternal Returns: Recurrence in Forms

What are the strengths and pleasures of using recurrence in poetry? In this generative, five-week workshop, we’ll get reps with four classic forms that use recurrence to create meaning: the ghazal, the villanelle, the pantoum and the sestina. We’ll read numerous examples (including poems by Elizabeth Bishop, A.E. Stallings, Agha Shahid Ali, Patricia Smith, Julia Alvarez and others) and explore traditional and variable approaches to these forms, each of which were imported into English from other languages. Students will write and workshop their own poems in these forms each week, discovering how form follows content and how content can shape form. 

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Gregory Crosby
  • Level: I
  • Dates: Feb 16–Mar 16, 2023
  • Time: Thursdays, 6:30–9:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: 144 Montague St, Brooklyn
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, FEB 12, 2023
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, FEB 12
Gregory Crosby

Gregory Crosby

Gregory Crosby is the author of Said No One Ever, Walking Away from Explosions in Slow Motion and the chapbooks Spooky Action at a Distance and The Book of Thirteen. For more than a decade he worked as an art critic, columnist and cultural commentator in Las Vegas, where he served as a poetry consultant for the Cultural Affairs Division. He was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Literary Arts and holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York, where he won the 2006 Marie Ponsot Poetry Prize. From 2010 to 2014 he cocurated the Earshot reading series and from 2011 to 2015 he coedited the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre. Currently he is the poetry editor for Bowery Gothic and an adjunct assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches creative writing.