We designate those poets with vision who have successfully developed an identifiable style or addressed a topic in their poetry that becomes almost synonymous with their name. For example, poets such as Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, CK Williams, Sharon Olds, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rita Dove and Frank Bidart are all celebrated for their innovative contributions to American poetry. In this workshop, we will read and study a range of poets with vision, identify technical aspects in our own work that could develop into a style, and review the subject matter of our poems that could potentially enhance the conversation of human experience in poetry. This course is open to beginning, intermediate, and advanced writers of poetry, however, those who are working on a book-length collection will most benefit from this course.
Major Jackson is author of five volumes of poetry, most recently, The Absurd Man. His edited volumes include Renga for Obama and Best American Poetry 2019. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the New York Times. He teaches at the University of Vermont and is the recipient of honors from The Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Whiting Foundation. He serves as poetry editor of the Harvard Review.