Identifying mode in poems is a diagnostic and revision method that avoids one problem with a traditional workshop, an issue poet Natasha Saje calls, “arguing about paint color before the house is built.” In this workshop we define the four modes—lyric, narrative, argument, description—and read examples of each. Then we turn to participants’ poems, first identifying the dominant mode, and then asking whether the poem would be better served by a different one. Please bring copies of two poems that you’re unhappy with—you’ll choose one for discussion after you see Saje’s examples. Suitable for beginners and experienced poets alike.
Natasha Saje lived in Baltimore before moving to Utah to teach at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She also teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in the Writing Program. She is the author of three books of poems, most recently Vivarium(Tupelo, 2014); a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan, 2014); and many essays. www.natashasaje.com
Madeleine Mysko (co-instructor)
Madeleine Mysko is the author of two novels, Bringing Vincent Home and Stone Harbor Bound, and a poetry collection, Crucial Blue (forthcoming, Cherry Grove Collections, Spring 2019). With three other Baltimore-area poets she is also the author of In The Margins: A Conversation in Poetry. Her poems, short fiction, essays, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in venues that include The Hudson Review, Poet Lore, Smartish Pace, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Baltimore Sun. She is a past recipient of individual artist awards in both poetry and fiction from the State of Maryland. Presently she serves as a contributing editor for American Journal of Nursing and lives in Towson, Maryland, where she teaches writing at Goucher College.
SAT OCT 20 | 10AM-1:30PM | $60 MEMBERS