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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?

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Alan Feldman

Alan Feldman’s first book, The Happy Genius (SUN, 1978) won the Elliston Book Award for the best poetry collection by a small, independent press in the United States. He’s since published ten chapbooks, a critical study of Frank O’Hara, and more two prize-winning books, A Sail to Great Island (2004) and Immortality (2015), with the University of Wisconsin Press. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry... Read More →

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

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