The University of Iowa

Poetic Play: Generating and Revising Your Poems

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020

This class is a workshop in the truest sense: each day we will write, revise, and share our work. Students will be encouraged to try out a wide array of experiments. Our goal will be to generate a great deal of new poetry and give class participants new tools for polishing these poems to completion. We will, for example, try out new forms (pantoum, anyone?), disrupt conventional poetic form by adding things like dialogue, and even re-order the poem from the last line to the first. The emphasis here is on excavating and exploring all that a poem can do. Whether you are new to poetry or a dedicated poet, this workshop will support your gifts and help you to enlarge your skills and options. Making poems is a delight, and we will enjoy a week immersed in the particular joys of poetry.


In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; provide feedback on writing you produce in our week.