How can a poem embody a person’s interior and external life in a way that blends them into a united whole? In this two-day weekend workshop, students will examine how poets juxtapose wild, surreal imagery and wordplay with the imagery of everyday life to create writing that mirrors the complexity of lived experience. On Saturday, students will start three to four poems during a one-and-a-half-hour generative session. Then they will finish one of them for Sunday’s workshop, during which they will receive feedback from their teacher and peers. Poets to be read include Frank O’Hara, Barbara Guest, Ron Padgett, Lorenzo Thomas and Diane Seuss. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom.
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.