In this single-session workshop, we’ll discuss various definitions of and approaches to the poetic image, read through a curated packet of poems together (by poets such as Etheridge Knight, Robin Myers and Marie Howe, among others), then attempt to craft vivid and meaningful images ourselves, guided by a series of generative prompts. Students may use the images to enrich drafts they already have or create seedlings for possible new poems. Likely subtopics of discussion include how lineation interacts with description, ugliness vs. beauty, surrealism, and resonant interactions between concrete and abstract language. Open and welcoming to all experience levels!
Gabrielle Bates is the author of Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023). A Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship finalist, her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, APR and Best American Experimental Writing, among other journals and anthologies. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she currently lives in Seattle, where she helps out at Open Books: A Poem Emporium and—with Luther Hughes and Dujie Tahat—cohosts the podcast The Poet Salon. She teaches occasionally through a variety of institutions, including the Rosenbach Museum, Tin House and the University of Washington center in Rome. Follow her on Twitter (@GabrielleBates) + IG (@gabrielle_bates_).