We wear our parents’ faces through life, from beginning to end. We learn from them, resist them, become them—perhaps we have never met them. How do we capture these complex relationships and imagine them in poems? In this exercise-guided, generative course, we’ll write and workshop poems about our parents as well as our relationships with them. We’ll discuss our experiences, memories and imaginings and approach our writing using poetic forms such as odes and elegies. Craft discussions will explore techniques for poem titles, line breaks, metaphors and more. To ground our inspiration and hone our craft, we’ll read poems by Victoria Chang, Terrance Hayes and Sharon Olds, among others.
Cindy Tran is the author of the poetry collection Sonnet Crown for NYC (2021), winner of the Thornwillow Patrons’ Prize. A recipient of fellowships from NYSCA/NYFA, the Poetry Project, and the Loft Literary Center, Cindy has presented her work at the Shed, the Lincoln Center and the BBC. Cindy’s poems have been published in Slice, the Margins, Copper Nickel and elsewhere.