Origins & Closures

“Definition of prayer: Dear Lord—pay attention to—me.”
     —Ezra Pound on Robert Frost

“End on an image & don’t explain it.”
     —Stanley Kunitz

What moves us to begin a poem and how do we know where to end? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll investigate our souls and our many selves, listening to and further developing our intuition as a searchlight that guides us into the openings of our poems and leads us towards a shimmering way out. We’ll look at a variety of poems, paying specific attention to their opening and closing lines and stanzas, including the work of poets such as Denise Duhamel, Yona Harvey, Marie Howe, Ada Limón, Etel Adnan, Eduardo C. Corral, Mark Strand and more. We’ll draft and workshop three new poems with a deeper understanding of how to write a compelling opening stanza and ending. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Tuesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Carlie Hoffman
  • Dates: Feb 22–March 22, 2022
  • Time: Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30 PM (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, FEB 13, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, FEB 6
Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman is the author of This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021). Her second collection is also forthcoming with Four Way Books in 2023. A poet and translator, her honors include a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize and a Poet’s & Writers Amy Award. Carlie earned her MFA in poetry from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was a creative writing teaching fellow and served as graduate director of the Columbia Artist Teachers (CA/T) program. She has previously taught creative writing workshops at Columbia University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and the Young Women’s Leadership School. Currently, Carlie is an instructor of creative writing at Purchase College–SUNY and also teaches creative writing at Ramapo College. Carlie is the founder and editor-in-chief of Small Orange Journal.