Instructor: Neil Perry
Cost: $60 Members | $65 Non-members
Saturday, 6/17/17 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
How do we use the natural world when we write poems? How does it use us? Is it possible to write a poem that is not ‘nature writing’ (I say no….)? This seminar will explore the ways poets can use and have used the natural world as a guide, a prompt, an antagonist and an inspiration in poems. We will take long looks at poems that do this well, and we will talk about craft decisions and writing ideas that keep nature prominently in mind. Students should come with at least one finished draft of a poem and be ready also to do some writing in the seminar.
Nathaniel (Neil) Perry is the author of Nine Acres (American Poetry Review, 2011), which won the 2011 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. His poems and translations have appeared recently in American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Gettysburg Reviews, Bat City Review, and elsewhere. He is the editor of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review and lives with his family in rural southside Virginia.