Poets and the Art of Writing Poetry

Highlights

Chin Up, Chapbook!

Chapbooks: a wonderfully untapped medium to sample your work. Not just for poetry, but for flash fiction and short stories in general.

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Hope Jordan

“Of course he found her, the one who loves // women only quiet. Still as dolls. He got more / than he bargained for when that poison/ was knocked from her throat. When she awoke.”

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Bob Sykora

Bob Sykora’s poem “Anna Alcott at Fruitlands,” from WTP Vol. VI #9.

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Literary Spotlight: Jeff McRae

Jeff McRae’s poetry appears in WTP Vol. VI #7. Read “The Heart’s Bones” here.

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WTP Writer: Dina Elenbogen

“Creating the first draft of a poem often involves gathering sparks,” says Dina Elenbogen, and her poems reflect this statement: flashes of illumination and light, beautiful yet with the potential to start a blaze.

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Literary Spotlight: Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman’s “November Suite,” from Vol. V #9.

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Very Latest!

Introducing

One-on-One Poetry Intensives

Instructor: Sara London,

WTP Poetry Editor

This is a masterclass for anyone who has been writing poems and is eager to revise her/his/their way to even stronger work. Writing effective poems involves a uniquely delicate dance of control and surrender. An initial spark — an image, memory, idea, or language itself — may launch us on a poem with confidence, yet ultimately usher us toward some unexpected wilderness. How do we navigate that line of tension between clear purpose and a poem’s surprising wild side? How do we follow a path of compelling illumination and bring a poem to resonant conclusion? We’ll take a close look at matters of subject, imagery, diction, lineation, rhythm, tone, and more. Students will receive written feedback on work (submitted in advance), tips for future revisions, and reading recommendations. (Number of poems to be determined in pre-conference communication.)

(On acceptance you will be contacted by email to schedule a convenient meeting time.)

wtp@thewoventalepress.net

Sara London

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Author of the poetry collections The Tyranny of Milk and Upkeep (forthcoming in 2019), both from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry East, The Iowa Review, the Poetry Daily Anthology, The Common, and many other journals. She is also the author of two children’s books, and has reviewed children’s literature for The New York Times Book Review. She earned an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and later worked at Scribner’s, as fiction editor at Seventeen magazine, and as poetry editor at Special Report. She teaches creative writing and literature at Smith College. www.saralondonwriter.com


Look for our own first WTP Selected Works edition, and a variety of titles and genres by our  Woven Tale Press authors.

cover of Upkeep poetry collection by Sara London