"I shall never get you put together entirely": Writing about Difficult Relationships

Though some poets, like Adam Zagajewski and Francis Ponge, dismiss personal relationships as a frivolous subject for writing, let's be honest: they're a constant source of frustration and revelation, i.e. prime poetry material! In this workshop, then, we will look at poems by poets like Sylvia Plath, Chen Chen, Natalie Diaz, and others, to see how they address different relational dynamics, use a variety of aesthetic methods, and from different emotional vantages. Then, we will use their tools to chisel and carve the material of our own lives.


Conor Bracken



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