Milosz famously said that the “purpose of poetry is to remind us / how difficult it is to remain just one person.” Often, we use the flexible space between a poet and their speaker to do this. However, this space doesn’t need to remain fixed in a poem, and in fact can often be expanded and contracted to surprise, beguile, and thrill the reader. In this workshop we’ll read poems that play with this distance, and practice writing our own that put on a mask so it can slip a little. Sponsored by the Northeast Ohio MFA program.
Conor James Bracken