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Friday, April 29 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Volta-cize your Turn! FULL

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“Love is not all…” writes Millay in one of her best-known sonnets. Six lines later, starting with the word Yet, she begins a damning rebuttal in defense of love. How do you create that turn, the volta as it is called in the sonnet, the fulcrum on which a poem is balanced? How does the turn work to give both formal and free verse poetry tension and conflict? How can you use it to give an out-for-a-stroll poem the energy of an Olympic wrestling match? In this workshop we will examine the turn: how poets create and use it; where to place it; and how to set it up. We will look at the work of a small, but diverse group of poets. Then—it’s your turn! In an exercise that will put a swerve in your verse, you’ll practice writing your own turns.

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Dawn Paul

Writing/Interdisciplinary Faculty, Montserrat College of Art
Dawn Paul teaches writing and literature at Montserrat College of Art. She has two novels, The Country of Loneliness, and Still River. Her newest book, What We Still Don’t Know, is a collection of poems about scientist Carl Linnaeus. She is a frequent performer on the Improbable... Read More →

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Cindy Veach

Cindy Veach is the author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press, forthcoming 2021); Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press; named a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and a ‘Must Read’ by The Massachusetts Center for the Book; and the chapbook, Innocents (Nixes Mate). Her poems... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Essex Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970