Exit Strategies: How to End a Poem
April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
One event on April 25, 2021 at 10:00 am
Instructor: Chet’la Sebree
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Session One: Saturday, April 24, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Session Two: Sunday, April 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
A poem is only as strong as all of its parts—the opening, the language, the imagery, the closing. Even though that is the case, the end of a poem is the final image or idea with which readers are left. How do you determine how to end a poem and what a particular poem needs? In this two-day seminar, we’ll pull apart what contemporary poems do as a way of developing our own strategies for creating and revising poems with endings that resonate.
Chet’la Sebree is the author of Field Study, winner of the 2020 James Laughlin Prize, and Mistress, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She is the director of the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. For her work, she has received fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Her work has most recently appeared in Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Dr. Keisha N. Blain’s Four Hundred Souls: A Community of African America, 1619-2019.
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