The Language of Poetry
Poetry provides a language for the “interior life”: our feelings, dreams, thoughts, perceptions. It does this through careful attentiveness to the image, on which the imagination is based. In this generative workshop Kwasny works with teachers who are interested in integrating poetry writing in their curriculum. Kwasny provides sample poems, both contemporary and traditional, and prompts that ask students to work closely with the sensory image in order to craft poems about experiences important to them. She also provides a handful of tools the students can carry into their future writing lives.
Melissa Kwasny is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Where Outside the Body is the Soul Today and Pictograph, and a collection of essays on the poetic image, Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision. Along with M.L. Smoker, she edited an anthology of poems in defense of global human rights, entitled I Go to the Ruined Place, as well as Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry. Kwasny has taught poetry writing in graduate and undergraduate programs and in the public schools for over thirty years.