RCAH Center for Poetry Workshop with Richard Mulkey
"Principles of Pattern: Inspiration through Emulation" more information...
As writers we are always battling two forces-chaos and control. Our job is to balance those forces, to bring delight to a reader through the recognition of patterns and continuities, and to heighten that delight by introducing radical and unexpected adjustments to those patterns. By investigating Bop poems, blues poems, sonnets and techniques such as anaphora and lineation in the works of poets Lucille Clifton, Campbell McGrath and others, we will consider patterns and structures as something to try on, walk into, a temporary home, a borrowed manner or means of movement. We will complete writing exercises meant to help us think of form as a way to expand our vision as poets rather than limit that vision.
Richard Mulkey is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently, Ravenous: New & Selected Poems, Toward Any Darkness, Bluefield Breakdown, and Before the Age of Reason. Rick has taught at universities and writing workshops in the United States and Europe, and he currently directs the low residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Converse College.
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