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Friday, May 1 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
When Imitations Work (and When They Don’t): Five Writing Ideas FULL

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We’ll look at five on-the-spot writing assignments based on poems by Osip Mandelstam, Gottfried Benn, Mary Szybist, Michael Dickman, and Jane Hirshfield. Participants will pick one assignment to try on the spot. We’ll want to discover how this method of imitating the structure (not necessarily the content) of poems works for us, and when it doesn’t. How can the reader (and, indeed, the poet) know the difference? This method of imitation (like learning a new dance step) can produce many surprises. But on the other hand, when might it progress beyond mere experimentation?


Friday May 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Essex Room

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