How can poets experiment with traditional poetic forms so that they speak of and to the world today? Are there ways that we can “bend” the rules of these forms while still being guided by them in order to fuel artistic growth? This seven-week online workshop will explore innovative contemporary approaches to forms such as the ghazal, the sonnet, the elegy, the prose poem and more by poets such as Patricia Smith, Larry Levis, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Yusef Komunyakaa and Jamila Woods. Students will write and workshop new poems in a different form each week, drawing upon these writers’ approaches to (re)writing form for inspiration. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Tuesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery (2021) and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019). Her chapbook 20 Atomic Sonnets, which appears in Black Warrior Review (2020), is part of a larger future project called The Atomic Sonnets, which she began in 2019 in honor of the Periodic Table’s 150th Birthday. She is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of a 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her work appears in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Tin House, Guernica and TriQuarterly, among others. In 2017, her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC and published by Kenyon Review online. Recently, her poem “Dancing with Kiko on the Moon” was featured on Tracy K. Smith’s The Slowdown. She writes for the Kenyon Review blog.