University of Iowa

Echo, Letter, Text, Tweet: Poems as Correspondence

Weeklong June 24 to June 29 2018

Poems might begin in isolation, but we put them out into the world hoping for connection—a making and creation towards others, a message in a bottle that might wash ashore and affect the hearts and minds of finders and keepers (perhaps our first form of social media). How can a diverse range of work (from poets including Herbert, Donne, Yeats, Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Miguel Hernandez, Larry Levis, Tyehimba Jess, Tracy K. Smith, Monica Youn, Morgan Parker and others) help us to inhabit our contemporary situations and address distant listeners, practitioners, and even poems as models of inspiration or protest? This lively and invigorating generative workshop features daily reading and writing exercises to help you create a series of poems that foreground connection over time and distance.