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  • Joseph Millar - Three Elements of Poetry

    August 21 — 26, 2016  - Gloucester, Massachusetts
    Medium: Poetry
    Level: Open - All Levels
    Tuition: $595 

    Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
                                                      Theodore Roethke

    This workshop will focus on the lyric and the image, as well as poetry's narrative thread. We'll talk about each of these elements, the story line and its components, as well as the making of the free verse line. The week will be an opportunity to engage our greatest resources – attention, precision, imagination – in bringing new poems alive. We’ll look at strategies of form, music, rhythm and diction and we'll write poems about the great subjects: family and work, landscape and nature, sex and death, using model poems from writers like Ruth Stone, Deborah Digges, Larry Levis, Mark Doty. Each day we'll proceed from a morning prompt, then separate and write, returning for critique in the afternoons. All levels welcome, including prose writers who wish to sharpen their language. 

    All levels welcome. Bring an existing draft if you like, though we'll focus primarily on new work.  


    Joseph Millar's first collection, Overtime, was a finalist for the 2001 Oregon Book Award. His second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007, followed by a third, Blue Rust, in 2012. 

    Millar grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Johns Hopkins University before spending 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. It would be two decades before he returned to poetry. His work—stark, clean, unsparing—records the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings and divorce, men and women. He has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2008 Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, APR, and Ploughshares.  Millar teaches in Pacific University's low-residency MFA. 


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    • All offerings have caps for attendants. In order to reserve your spot, it is advisable to enroll as soon as possible.
    • Registrations for the Gloucester workshops have been extended to July 15, availability pending.  

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