Poetic BalanceWhen we come across a good poem, we often find it emotionally resonant without being sentimental, grounded without getting bogged down by facts, clear without appearing explicit or explanatory, sensory without being overwhelmed by images. Those effects, however, are not easily achieved. Oftentimes, a poet must strive to maintain a delicate balance between sets of seeming dichotomies, such as emotional openness and restraint, clarity and mystery, imagery and abstraction. In this class, we’ll focus our discussion on the significance of poetic balance. Through close reading of exemplary poems, we’ll explore how such a balance can afford a poem vividness and complexity, and how, when the balance is upset, a poem can lose its potential richness and evocation.BIO
Ye Chun/叶春 is the author of two books of poetry, Lantern Puzzle (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of Tupelo Press First/Second Book Award, and Travel over Water (Bitter Oleander Press, 2005), and a novel in Chinese, Peach Tree in the Sea (《海上的桃树》, People’s Literature Publishing House, 2011). Her collection of translation, Ripened Wheat: Poems by Hai Zi, is forthcoming from the Bitter Oleander Press in fall 2015. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she currently serves as the poetry editor of The Missouri Review and teaches at the University of Missouri where she is a PhD candidate. For more information, visit her at: https://english.missouri.edu/gradstud
Fun with Poetic Form Poetic forms have a long and intimidating history. Nothing sounds snootier than saying you’ve completed a *sonnet* instead of just a poem. Given all that baggage, lots of poets avoid forms altogether. It doesn’t have to be that way. Poetic forms are, in essence, word games. Come join us for a chance to see the fun side of form.
BIO Marta Ferguson is the co-editor of Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Minor Arcana Press, 2014) and the author of Mustang Sally Pays Her Debt to Wilson Pickett (Main Street Rag, 2005). She is the sole proprietor of Wordhound Writing & Editing Services, LLC (http://www.wordhound.com).
Dr. James D’Agostino
“Landing Poems in Literary Journals: Entering Into a Community of Readers.”We will discuss how to approach the dizzying landscape of current literary journals, considering strategies for how to find the best fit for your work and how to give your poems their best shot at acceptance.
BIO –Originally from Chicago, James D’Agostino received his BA from Loyola University there. He furthered his education by obtaining his M.F.A. from Indiana University, and then his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. His poetry has appeared in several noted publications including Denver Quarterly, The Green Mountain Review, Conduit and others.
As editor of the Chariton Review, Dr. D’Agostino has helped to showcase the best in writing and poetry with the added benefit of peer-reviewed feedback for the writers. A much beloved associate professor of English at Truman State University, D’Agostino receives high ratings from past and present students who typically describe him as fun, interesting and creative. Just as his poem History without Stopping from his book ‘Nude with Anything’ talks about perspectives, we are looking forward to hearing his perspectives on Marketing our poetry.