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If you’re a practicing poet, maybe you’ve already started wondering if you’ve written more than enough poems by now on the safe subjects, and you’re ready for something more ambitious, more risky, more challenging. Might there be an unwritten poem out there that’s been following you around, but you haven’t quite had the nerve to sit down and write it? Perhaps another that’s taking shape at the far reaches of your imagination, waiting for you to find its vocabulary? Or what about the poem that involves your convictions, your core beliefs, your candid thoughts on the current state of things? Now’s your chance!
This seminar will provide you with an ideal environment for writing these elusive poems, and for receiving valuable feedback from others grappling with similar issues. A poem of spirituality, for example, which will encourage you to look inward. Or a speculative poem, that confronts the intriguing question “What if?” Or perhaps that poem you know you’ve been running from, without being sure of exactly why.
You’ll find this workshop a friendly and supportive setting for exploring these larger-than-usual subjects with other poets, and for applying their feedback to your own work. It’s going to be intensive, it’s going to be fun, and you might well find yourself going boldly where your poetry has never gone before.
Marilyn L. Taylor, Ph.D., former Poet Laureate of the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, is the author of eight poetry collections. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Light, and Raintree Review, among many other journals and anthologies. She was recently awarded the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for verse in forms, and was a finalist for the the Howard Nemerov Sonnet award, the X.J. Kennedy Parody Contest, and the 2017 Lascaux Review prize. She also edited the recent anthology titled "Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle" (Kelsay Books, 2018). Taylor currently serves on the editorial staffs of Verse-Virtual and Third Wednesday poetry journals. Her new full-length collection, titled Outside the Frame: New and Selected Poems (Kelsay Books) is now available at her website: www.mltpoet.com/books.