What Follows the Break

What can poetry teach us about fracture? How can the line both illuminate and obfuscate, and how can we use this to jump to truer truths? In this six-week online workshop, we’ll explore different ways to break a line and how these techniques change how we are carried through our poems. Reading the poems of Hanif Abdurraquib, Richard Siken, June Jordan, Bhanu Kapil and other writers, we’ll look at traditional & non-traditional uses of enjambment, including the use of virgules and “incorrect” punctuation. We’ll curiously interrogate what might be attributed to fate, such as where lines break at the edges of prose blocks. We’ll work through a series of exercises to develop our understanding of how to use fragments as units that build a fuller truth than a sentence ever could. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Thursday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: renée kay
  • Level: I
  • Dates: Oct 27–Dec 8, 2022 (November 24 off)
  • Time: Thursdays, 6:30–9:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $445
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: WED, OCT 26, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 18
renée kay

renée kay

renée kay (they/them) is a queer poet in Brooklyn by way of Appalachia and other beautiful, strange places. Their work can be found in Copper Nickel, Catapult, Yes Poetry, Glass, Perhappened, lickety-split and elsewhere, and they were recently selected as a semifinalist for Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Contest. They graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Quantitative Methods in Economics and Math. In lieu of continuing with higher-ed, they have chosen an ongoing MFA of engagement and have been lucky enough to learn from Jay Desphande, Natalie Eilbert, Shira Erlichman, Paul Tran and others. In 2020, they worked with Angel Nafis in Catapult’s year-long poetry intensive. They’ve recently been appointed the new deputy director of Brooklyn Poets.