“Wandered far and wide”: The Long Poem
- Dates: April 17, 2021 - May 29, 2021
- Start Time: 10:00 AM
- End Time: 12:30 PM
- Times: 10:00am-12:30pm
- Admission: Full Series-$265, Session-$60
- Location: Writers & Books
- Address: 740 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607
- Web Site: https://wab.org/event/wandered-far-and-wide-the-long-poem-session-4/
Often sweeping in its considerations and ambitious in its scope, the long poem eludes single definition or contains all definitions applied to it. The long poem makes a strenuous demand on its readers’ attention and has been the source of great cerebral, and inspirational, reward. This four-session course is designed to further an understanding of the strategies deployed in this subgenre of poetry. Participants will come to each session prepared to 1) discuss a long poem they have read in advance; 2) share a significant portion of a long poem of their own conception; and 3) receive constructive feedback on said poem.
Together we will study the following poems: “The Schooner Flight” by Derek Walcott; “The Dream of the Unified Field” by Jorie Graham; “The Ambiguous Archive” by Jay Wright; and “Voyage of the Sable Venus” by Robin Coste Lewis.
The poems will be provided upon request, and also can be found in the following editions:
The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two
Robin Coste Lewis
Voyage of the Sable Venus
Dante Micheaux is the author of Circus (Indolent Books, 2018), winner of the 2019 Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T.S. Eliot Foundation, and Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010), a collection of poems. He is the recipient of a prize in poetry from the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award, and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and The New York Times Foundation. He lives in London.