Poetry: What to Leave in and What to Leave Out
DATE / TIME
4 Nov, Sat
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
VENUENational Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studios 3
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This session is in English
Most writers would agree that pithiness – compression – is a hallmark of good writing. This is especially true of poetry. This doesn’t mean that all poems need to be short. It means a good poem gets maximum effect from each stanza, line, and word. In this class, we will practise identifying which areas in a poem are the liveliest or the most powerful. Condensing our own work is one of the most difficult things we do as writers. In this class, we will condense our poems in a relaxed, collaborative atmosphere that makes change as non-threatening as possible.
Participants are to submit two poems by 8 October to firstname.lastname@example.org and bring two other poems to the class.
This session is suitable for Intermediate and Advanced levels and is made possible with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy Singapore.
Rae Armantrout has published 13 books of poetry, including Versed (2009), Money Shot (2011), Just Saying (2013), Itself (2015), and Partly: New and Selected Poems (2016). Versed received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010. Rae has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, and the Levinson Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Yorker and The Nation.Rae Armantrout is featured in the following SWF event(s):