Mar 20, 2021, 10:00 AM
Location TBD (possibly virtual)
There are many ways to think about the poetic line, but I’ve always liked James Longenbach’s statement— “poetry is the sound of language organized in lines.” With that in mind, this workshop will play with sounds and rhythms to create line endings. We will employ the strategies of syllabics, meter, and rhyme to experiment with published poems and to complete writing exercises. Through this attention to sound, our goal will be to lend greater illumination to the subjects of the poems. Discussion will also address the uses of form in our daily practice.
Michele Reese is Professor of English at USC Sumter. She earned her PhD at the University of Missouri. In addition to appearing widely in magazines, such as Paris Review, Citron Review, Kestrel, Mid-America Poetry Review, and Poet Lore, her poetry was anthologized in Home Is Where: An Anthology of African American Poets from the Carolinas and Chemistry of Color: Cave Canem South Poets Responding to Art. Dr. Reese’s research and scholarly writing have led to numerous appearances at national and international academic conferences. She has received grants and research stipends from the University of South Carolina and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This program is part of the Poetry Society of South Carolina 100th Anniversary Series