Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Two Truths and a Lie
Location: C301 Snyder, 362 Bogue Street more information...
"A poem should be equal to/not true." -- from "Ars Poetica" by Archibald MacLeish
Poets, lucky artists, get to write about what is real and what is imagined. They are neither novelists nor biographers. They reach for truth, but it's a higher truth -- Truth with a capital T, which frequently isn't true in all ways. As poet Richard Hugo said, "Sometimes you have to violate the facts." He's also famous for advising poets, "You owe reality nothing and the truth about your feelings everything." But sometimes a poet must get some facts right. How do poets navigate what is true and what is not in their search for emotional Truth? What details can they conjure instead of report? At this workshop led by Anita Skeen, Cindy Hunter Morgan and Laura Apol, you'll explore these questions, and you'll have a chance to write your own poems that blend the real and the imagined.