Seeing Things

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SEPT 19 – NOV 21, 2022

“SEEING THINGS 8”

AN INTENSIVE POETRY WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY ROBERT BENSEN 

All ages, Mondays, 7 – 9 PM, 10-week session 

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SEPTEMBER 19 – NOVEMBER 21, 2022

“SEEING THINGS 8”

AN INTENSIVE POETRY WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY ROBERT BENSEN 

All ages, Mondays, 7 – 9 PM, 10-week session 

Poetry enables us to see things that are and are not, that come together in poetry’s “visionary gleam” (in Askold Melnyczuk’s phrase, after Wordsworth) that enables poets at once to witness and to participate in their own intensely personal way of perceiving. We will begin by unlearning our habitual ways and by studying a long poem each week, to see how the long poem is sustained and what it accomplishes.* Once we are ready to begin our own writing, participants will offer a new poem or revision or addition each week for the group to respond to with comments that encourage revision. We will read poets with a range of subject and form as models for our own practice. We will also consider the performative demands of reading to an audience, here again to unlearn our habitual “poet-voice” in favor of seeking the poem’s voice. We will also explore publishing in online and print environments.

*Among possible long poems to study are Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality,” Milton’s “Lycidas,” Keats’s “The Eve of St. Agnes,” Walcott’s “Arkansas Testament,” and/or others.

Robert Bensen has directed the Seeing Things poetry workshop since 2019.  His poetry has been published in six collections, including Before (Five Oaks Press) and Orenoque, Wetumka (Bright Hill Press). What Lightning Spoke: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Bright Hill. Along with non-fiction and literary essays, his poetry has appeared in AGNI, Akwe:kon, Antioch Review, Berfrois, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Jamaica Journal, La presa, Native Realities, The Paris Review, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Wales, River Styx, Yankee Magazine, and elsewhere. He has edited anthologies of Native American and Caribbean literature and authored American Indian and Aboriginal Canadian Childhood Studies (Oxford University Press). His writing won a poetry fellowship from the NEA, research fellowships from the NEH and the Newberry Library, a shared Eric Hoffer Award, poetry awards from Harvard University, the New York State Council on the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, the Robert Penn Warren Award. His first book was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award (Academy of American Poets) and the Emily Dickinson Prize (Poetry Foundation). He is Professor Emeritus at Hartwick College, where he directed the writing programs for 39 years. He also taught at the University of Illinois, Parkland College (Champaign, Illinois) and SUNY Oneonta. He is the founding director of Woodland Arts Editions (Oneonta NY). 

Bright Hill Tiny Desk Series to be published in 2022 featuring national poets. 

This virtual workshop runs every Monday for 10 sessions from 7 – 9 PM

FALL 2022 SESSION: Sept 19 – Nov 21, 2022

Fee: $325

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