The Language of Poetry

Program Description

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 into their curriculum. Through writing prompts and sample poems, both contemporary and traditional, students work closely with the sensory image to craft poems about experiences important to them. Students will learn a variety of writing tools that they can then use as they continue to grow as writers.

Presenter Bio

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.


Melissa Kwasny
Montana Poet Laureate

Melissa Kwasny
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