Carl Phillips is the author of 11 books of poetry, most recently “Speak Low,” a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award, and Double Shadow, to be published in 2011. He has also written a book of prose, “Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry.” His awards and honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and awards and fellowships from the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was named a Chancellor in 2007. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. Register.
Class Description: In this workshop, bring work that you feel needs a jumpstart. Each day, we will look at poems I’ll provide, with an eye to different strategies of repetition and how they inform and structure the poem – we will then apply those strategies to our own poems, as a way of revisiting them, re-seeing them, through another lens. I will also provide prompts each day for the following day, as an optional exercise. In addition to three pieces in need of revision, bring a poem by someone else, that you feel is an example of a successful poem – and be prepared to discuss why.