Poetry by Design

Structure & Play

Is a poem a house built brick by brick? Or a fluffy cat poured into a vase? Is it a wrought urn or styrofoam cup, a leaving tree or an open field? In this workshop, we will play with the building blocks of poetry and launch an investigation into the poem’s materiality, the way its structure interprets natural and built forms, patterns and textures, and wavers between the grounded and the immaterial. We’ll explore meter and rhythm, the shapes of words and graphic design, poetic structure and architecture, the visual and sound poem. We will make poems as objects, buildings, skylines, waves and plants, and marvel at the dynamic life of the poetic word on and off the page.

Workshop Details

Born in Croatia, Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher and occasional singer. She is the author of Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017), the Lambda Award–winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013) and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). She is the recipient of a 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from Feminist Press and a PEN American Center/NYSCA grant for translating It Was Easy to Set the Snow on Fire by Zvonko Karanović. Božičević received her MFA in poetry from Hunter College. At the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, she studied New American poetics and alternative art schools and communities, and edited lectures by Diane di Prima for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Božičević has taught poetry at BHQFU, Bowery Poetry Club, Harvard, Naropa and the University of Arizona Poetry Center.