Jeredith Merrin: "The Very Short Poem"
6:30-8:30PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 and APRIL 1

As the American poet Marianne Moore once wrote, "Compression is the first grace of style."

Tonight and on April 1, Jeredith Merrin, the author of Cup (a special selection by X.J. Kennedy for the Able Muse Book Award), leads a two-part workshop on short poems, which Merrin says "have a way of waking us up! What we observe and what we compose during our time together will also help us to make stronger long poems."

Attendees will read a selection of poems, talk about what gets compressed into the short space, and then write some of their own.

For our first meeting, please bring pen and paper and (if you wish) a favorite short poem to read (no more than 10 lines) by someone besides yourself. We’ll read a selection of published lyrics—I’ll supply handouts. Then I’ll offer some prompts for short poems of your own composition.


For our second meeting, you’ll bring in your new short poems/drafts (in sufficient copies for the members of the group), and we’ll discuss them, with respectful care.  I’ll provide a few additional short poems to send you on your way.

  • Cost: $40 per person, for two sessions.
  • Register below.
  • Please bring paper and pen or an electronic device to write on.
  • Refunds will not be issued within one day of the event.

Jeredith Merrin’s fourth poetry book, her prize-winning Owling, was published by Grayson Books in 2016. Her first two poetry 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 PloughsharesThe Southern Poetry ReviewThe Virginia Quarterly ReviewBerfrois, 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.
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