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Generating and Revising Poems: Finding the New in the Old

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During the semester, we will focus on looking at poems not only through the lens of “How do I make this better?” but also through the lens of “What other possible routes/avenues can I take with this poem?” We will look at revision in terms of “conventional” editing and also discover a radical approach to revising poems through which I will guide the workshop participants as the term  progresses. Workshop participants will be encouraged to generate new work from the poems they already have, while revising those poems at the same time. Indeed, we will discover that writing a new poem is often the same as revising an old poem.