Join poet and teacher Pauletta Hansel, author of Palindrome, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian poetry book, for a workshop exploring the use of poetic forms—palindromes, syllabics, and others—as tools for both generating and shaping material that is close to the bone. Participants are invited to bring draft material from which to sculpt new work—or start from scratch! The workshop will include examples of various forms and ample writing and sharing time.
Pauletta writes that she first knew she was capable of creating the book which became Palindrome, about her mother’s dementia, when she wrote the sonnet sequence now placed at the heart of its final section. She says, “These formal constructs have given me the necessary emotional distance to make poems from content in which I might have otherwise have drowned. The pairing of the intimacy of the subject and the formality of craft created a balanced container for the work.”
Date: Saturday, September 29th