The Art of the Line: A Poetry Workshop with Carla Carlson

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM until Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Sarah Lawrence College
    1 Mead Way
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    United States

    Instructor: Carla Carlson
    Length: 5 sessions, $450
    Tuesdays,  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


    Our goal in this class will be to become more conscious of the tools available to us as we make lines of poetry, such that we eliminate lines that take our reader out of the poem, and keep and improve upon lines which strengthen the intention of our poems. We will discuss specific lines—

    Beneath is all the fiend’s. There’s hell, there’s darkness.—Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.—

    This is how you live when you have a cold heart— from poems by Shakespeare, Keats, Bishop, Louise Gluck, Berryman, and more, asking ourselves why they move us. We will experiment—moving lines up and down, changing line length, syntax, enjambments, and observe how manipulations alter the success of a poem. As we share our work, we will offer comments to each other, focusing on what we’ve discovered about placement, line endings, meaning, accessibility vs. obscurity, etc., promoting for each other clearer understanding of how we can utilize these elements, line after line, to form a cohesive piece.


    Recommended text: The Art of the Poetic Line, by James Longenbach


    Carla Carlson is the author of the chapbook Love and Oranges. She is an MFA alum from Sarah Lawrence College. She spends her time as a full time poet, editor, scholar and volunteer citizen among NYC area poets, and sits on the board of advisors to Four Way Books. She and her husband live in Bronxville, NY.

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