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The Short Long Poem
February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Christopher Kondrich
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturday, 2/1/20 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Long poems marvel us with their expansiveness, but many short poems seem to have this quality as well. Their brevity belies their extraordinary breadth and scope. In this seminar, we’ll explore how to harness the expansiveness of long poetry for our more concise work. We’ll consider four poems—one each by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Louise Glück, Srikanth Reddy, and Robin Coste Lewis—as examples and guides, and apply the ideas we generate to our work through in-class prompts. Students can bring a short draft or poem to be revisited, or can start from scratch.
Christopher Kondrich is the author of Valuing (University of Georgia Press, 2019), selected by Jericho Brown as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and Contrapuntal (Free Verse Editions, 2013). A winner of The Iowa Review Award for Poetry and The Paris-American Reading Series Prize, his work has received support from the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences and the I-Park Foundation. New poems appear or are forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, The Antioch Review, The Believer, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Witness, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a PhD from the University of Denver. An Associate Editor for 32 Poems, he lives and works in Maryland.