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 the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (Norton, 2015), Holding Company (Norton, 2010); Hoops (2006, Norton, 2006); and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia Press, 2002). Recently, he served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and as the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College. He has taught at Columbia University, Xavier University of Louisiana, New York University, and University of Massachusetts - Lowell as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.