The University of Iowa

Poetry of Insight (And Even Wisdom)

Weekend July 18 to July 19 2020

How can poetry uniquely explore and express significant insights? What poetic techniques allow us to discover new perspectives? Is it true that poems are smarter than their authors? This workshop will consider poetic approaches for embodying and enlivening knowledge; we’ll also consider the ways in which profundity relates to doubt, ephemerality, surprise, play, and life’s ongoing nature. The course doesn’t promise wisdom, but participants will have the chance to discuss notable poems, generate new material, share older work (if they wish), and receive feedback about poems, drafts, and future projects. The instructor will work with each student to devise an individually meaningful approach. The workshop is suitable for writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience.


In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; critique writing you bring from home; provide feedback on writing you produce in our weekend.