Writing a Poetic Sequence
Capturing the scope of an event, a place, or a person shouldn't be left to the prose writers. In this workshop, we'll look at ways that poets can explore the far reaches of their ideas and obsessions through interconnected poems written in sequence. Using contemporary collections such as Rita Dove's Sonata Mulattica, A. Van Jordan's M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, and Mary Biddinger's Saint Monica as models, we'll explore the intersections of lyric and narrative, image and story. Participants will produce four poems which can both stand alone and work together to form the foundation of a Poetic Sequence.
Teaching artist Sara Tracey is a PhD candidate in the University of Illinois at Chicago's Program for Writers. Her chapbook, Flood Year, was released by dancing girl press in September 2009. Her work has recently appeared in After Hours, Arsenic Lobster, The Collagist and The Laurel Review. She is a regular performer in The Chicago Poetry Bordello.