We all have things we’ve written that don’t “click.” They resemble poems, but the vital life force that would make them poems and not just a collection of words is missing. The goal of this one-afternoon workshop is to blow up old poems and create new poems out of the shattered remains. In this three-hour session, we’ll perform procedures to give you the tools to approach your work in new ways. Through collaborative, fun and experimental exercises, students will try out five different ways to bring a poem back from the dead.
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of six books of poetry, including To a New Era (Hanging Loose Press, 2021), The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press, 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books, 2009). She is a former poetry editor for Ping Pong and Boog City and served as the Monday-night coordinator for the poetry readings at the Poetry Project from 2001 to 2003 and the Wednesday-night coordinator from 2010 to 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, which awarded her the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including the Believer, Fence and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Her poem “Stagflation” won a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Fuhrman currently teaches poetry writing at Rutgers University.