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 four collections of poetry, most recently Roll Deep. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The New York Times. He is the Richard A. Dennis Professor of English at the University of Vermont and the recipient of honors from The Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Whiting Writers Award, and The Pushcart Prize. He serves as poetry editor of the Harvard Review.