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Saturday, October 26 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pastry with Poets - Beyond the Lyric I: Using Research in Poetry

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In this workshop, we'll look at some poems that move beyond personal experience and into material that involves historical, social, nature-related and/or other research, without sacrificing personal involvement and feeling. We'll discuss some strategies for transforming documentary material into poetry, and I'll invite you to answer some questions that might give you starting points for writing these kinds of poems yourself.

Martha Collins' tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do, is being published this fall in the Pitt Poetry Series. Her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and the book-length poem Blue Front, as well as the paired volumes Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day. Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at U.Mass.-Boston and taught at Oberlin College. She lives in Cambridge, MA

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Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →

Saturday October 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Arts at the Armory/Basement B8 191 Highland Avenue Somerville

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