Sunday, June 12 at 9:00am – June 17 at 12:00pm

The Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown
24 Pearl Street
Provincetown, MA

The Subject and the Poem: A Poetry Workshop
June 12-17 | 9am-noon
Tuition: $600 ($550 for returning students)
Open to All


Martha Graham made a dance once called “A Letter to the World” and I think of the poem as precisely that. They have subjects like every other kind of writing. In this workshop we will look at the work of writers such as Wallace Stevens, Louise Glück, Jack Gilbert, Mary Ruefle and others, and at our own work to find what that subject matter is: when it is an obsession, when it is mysterious, when it is only sound, when it is only sense. And we will be thinking about and discussing how poems can move in ordinary speech to the radical and revelatory.

Please bring a one-stanza poem that you love and bring the last poem you wrote to pass out at the first session.

Michael Klein’s second book of poems, then, we were still living, came out in October, 2010. and is a 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist. His first book of poems, 1990, won the award in 1993. He has new poems recently published or forthcoming in Bloom, Post Road, Lambda Literary, Assaracus, and The Awl, and prose forthcoming in Poets & Writers and Fence. He teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington.

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