Writing and Workshopping Poetry: A Constructive Introduction

My textbook for poetry workshops, Writing and Workshopping Poetry: A Constructive Introduction, is now available from Broadview Press. Details and TOC here.

Writing and Workshopping Poetry: A Constructive Introduction focuses on all three phases of the process of composition: finding the material; building and developing the poem from rough draft to complete work; editing and refining.

The text offers everything students and instructors need: extensive notes written in an accessible, conversational style; seventy-five writing exercises; about a hundred poems chosen from a wide range of sources, from 16th-century sonnets to experimental constrained forms, with an emphasis on exciting poems by contemporary American and Canadian poets. Each chapter concludes with a brief, point-form summary of major learning objectives as well as a review list of useful terms.

Writing and Workshopping Poetry: A Constructive Introduction includes poems by contemporary poets such as

Kim Addonizio, Richard Arnold, James Arthur, Ken Babstock, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Stephanie Bolster, Jericho Brown, Suzanne Buffam, Jennifer Chang, Lynn Crosbie, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Denise Duhamel, Camille T. Dungy, Sue Goyette, Amy Gerstler, Tami Haaland, Shaleeta Harper, Matthea Harvey, Garrett Hongo, Aislinn Hunter, Amanda Jernigan, Tyehimba Jess, Nelly Kazenbroot, August Kleinzahler, Deborah Landau, Stephanie Lenox, Rebecca Lindenberg, Cassidy McFadzean, Don McKay, Janet McNally, A.F. Moritz, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Cecily Parks, James Pollock, Kevin Prufer, Shelley Puhak, Sina Queyras, Matthew Rader, Craig Raine, Srikanth Reddy, Maureen Seaton, Evie Shockley, Eleni Sikélianòs, Tracy K. Smith, A.E. Stallings, Carmine Starnino, Alexandra Teague, Paul Tyler, Pauline Uchmanowicz, Priscila Uppal, Karen Volkman, and Ocean Vuong,

It was fifty years ago today…

Feb. 11, 1963. The Beatles were playing at the bottom of a list of English acts headlined by teen sensation Helen Shapiro. They took the day off and huddled in a recording studio to dash off their first album, Please Please Me (UK Parlophone), which was released in the US as Introducing the Beatles (VeeJay Records), and later on in Canada as Twist and Shout (Capitol Records). Here’s the lads with Helen, who’s cozying up to Ringo Starr, and Dusty Springfield. Note the beehive–Adele and Amy Winehouse apparently did.

Beatles 1963