Radical Revision Poetry Workshop (with Adam Grabowski)
Do you have a poem that you just can’t get right? Well, bring the beast here and let’s see what we can do about it. Sometimes the best way to get past a creative block is to throw caution to the wind and destroy what you’ve built. In this class we’ll look at various forms of radical revision, how it can liberate you, provide new perspective on your work, and show you that in the end, poetry is a silly, silly business. This workshop will consist of writing exercises, group dialogue, Sylvia Plath, and creative critique. Bring in a poem that’s giving you trouble and let’s see if we can’t have you walking out the door with more answers than questions.
*Poets are asked to arrive with five double-spaced copies of their poem, a magic marker, and an open mind.
ADAM GRABOWSKI is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poetry has appeared in Off the Coast, Beech St. Review, DMQ Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, The Naugatuck River Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Black Napkin, Voicemail Poems, and elsewhere. His poem “Aphorism,” has been included in anthologies by jubilat and The Rattling Wall. Adam received his MSW from Westfield State University and was an organizer and poet with the mighty Northampton Poetry, where he ran a bi-monthly workshop. A Hampden County Rep. for masspoetry.org, he currently lives and works in Holyoke, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
When: Saturday, September 8 (1-4pm)
Where: Commons Coworking, in Williamsburg MA