Reginald Gibbons | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, April 29, 2021

Looking at work originally written in other languages can help to loosen our hesitations about our own writing. In this generative poetry Master Class, we will look at translated word-for-word “trots” of short poems from other languages as a way to unlock material of our own—images, feelings, memories—that we might not otherwise have thought of using.

We will look at several short poems (from Spanish, Portuguese, French, and ancient Greek) in a word-for-word decoding, and explore how to use these “trots” to generate poems of our own. We will not be trying to replicate the poetics (sounds/rhymes, rhythms, stanzas, etc.) of the original poem; instead, we’ll deepen our ability to let each poem evoke in us images and moves that are our own. Everyone will generate two or three new poems in first-draft form.

This Master Class is a combination of generative process and also of grasping more of our own inner resources.

Reginald Gibbons is the director of Northwestern University’s MFA program in creative writing and the author of ten collections of poetry, including Last Lake; the book of criticism How Poems Think (both University of Chicago); and the collection of short stories An Orchard in the Street (BOA). With Ilya Kutik, he recently completed a translation of Boris Pasternak’s poems. A new collection of poetry, Renditions, will be published by Four Way Books this year.

Course Schedule
Thursday, April 29, 2021
6:30–8:30 p.m. ET
1 session
Online on Zoom

A limited number of scholarships will be offered for this Master Class. To apply, please email with the subject “Master Class Scholarship Application” 1) a short statement outlining your interest in this class, and how a scholarship would benefit you as a writer or a reader; and 2) a short bio. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Cost: $85.00

Online, Zoom
United States

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