Jeredith Merrin: The Very Short Poem

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

From the host: “As the great American poet Marianne Moore wrote, ‘Compression is the first grace of style.’ In the first session of this two-part workshop, we’ll read together some very short poems from different countries and times, talk about how each might speak to our pandemic moment, and about how each works as ‘a machine made of words.’ Please have printed out the email handout you will receive prior to the first class date, so that we can look at the poems together. Please also have pen and paper handy, as I’ll offer suggestions/prompts for your own writing. In our second session we’ll share and get feedback on our own short poem drafts. Beginners are welcome, as are participants who have some prior experience in writing poetry or in poetry workshops.”

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  • Cost: $40 per person, for two sessions.
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 Jeredith Merrin’s fourth poetry book, her prize-winning Owling, was published by Grayson Books in 2016. Her first two collections, Shift (1996) and Bat Ode (2001), appeared in the University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets series, and her third collection Cup was issued by Able Muse Press in 2014. She’s authored an influential book of criticism on Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, and her reviews and essays (on Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, John Clare, Charlotte Mew, Yehuda Amichai, Billy Collins, Kenneth Koch, and others) have appeared in The Southern Review and elsewhere. Her poems may be found in numerous journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, The Southern Poetry Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Berfrois, and The Yale Review. A retired Professor of English (The Ohio State University), she has given readings and conducted workshops at many venues in the area (including for the Piper Center). She’s currently completing a new poetry collection entitled A P A R T.