Just think of how many dreams you have during any given month! Think of the imaginative energy that pours into, and emanates from those images and stories. Think too of how such imaginative energy might be brought to bear on your poetry and on your writing processes in general. In our four week workshop we will examine and discuss the energies of dreams in relation to our poems. There will be craft-lectures on dream-images, dream-stories, nightmares, visions, visitations, and the like. We will also read and discuss dream-related poems by writers ranging from the ancients to contemporaries, and there will be writing prompts based on those readings and discussions. Ultimately, however, our workshop will focus on the work you do. The goal each week will be to write a new poem or revise an older one that will draw upon the untapped imaginative and linguistic energies we often find in our dreams.
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (Graywolf Press, 2017). Earlier books include Full Moon Boat, The Looking House, Tipping Point, and House on Water, House in Air. Marchant has co-translated work by several Vietnamese poets, and edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford. An emeritus professor of English, he is founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston.