Plot, Structure, Stances: Tony Hoagland on the Craft of Poetry
Maybe you like poetry and read it, but you would find it difficult to explain why one poem is a good poem and why another fails. Or maybe you feel left out by poems and would like to know what the secret is to reading them with pleasure and acumen. Each of these four weeks, Tony Hoagland will lead us as we read and discuss, at some length, just two or three or four good poems that embody the following particular psychological stances and also teach us something of the craft of poetry.
March 2: Reticence—Poems that say more by saying less
March 9: Maximalist Associative—Poems that throw a lot of spaghetti at the wall
March 23: Irony—Irony as shield, irony as sword, irony as fashion
March 30: Eros and Elegy—The old reasons: Kisses and lilies
Tony Hoagland teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston and at Warren Wilson College. His most recent book is Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty (Graywolf Press, 2010), and his collection of poems, What Narcissism Means to Me (Graywolf Press, 2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the O. B. Hardison Prize for Poetry and Teaching from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the 2005 Mark Twain Award of the Poetry Foundation in recognition of his contribution to humor in American poetry, and many others. He has also received many prestigious fellowships and grants.