We’ll write together, and we’ll read and talk about a variety of poems and strategies for writing poems, focusing on narrative – that is, lyric poems that convey narrative information. Sometimes the poem’s story may be suppressed, sometimes sustained, sometimes simply hard to figure out. We’ll examine how lyric poems tell stories, what kind of stories, and how can we more powerfully build into our own poems a capability to tell more complex or layered narrative.
David Baker is author of sixteen books of poems and prose about poetry, most recently Scavenger Loop (poems, W. W. Norton, 2015) and Show Me Your Environment (essays, Michigan, 2014). His Never-Ending Birds was the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and his work lately appears in American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He’s a native Missourian and lives now in Granville, Ohio. He teaches at Denison University, the MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.