Remember the Spell: Writing in Meter

Remember the Spell: Writing in Meter


August 5-September 1, Online

Meter is the drumbeat that thrums under the skin of all poems, even the most experimental free verse. But for a hundred years, free verse has occupied a hegemonic position in American poetry. Metrical poems have never entirely lost their appeal, however, an appeal rooted in the body, evident to the ear.

In this four-week workshop, we'll explore the most popular meters in English: dactyls, trochees, anapests, and iambs. With openness, courage, and — I hope — some humor and humility, we will write one poem in each of these meters, leaning on contemporary and classic examples as we leap from rhythm to rhythm. We'll reclaim that beat and harness its power for twenty-first century purposes.

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Teaching Artist


Joshua Davis

Joshua holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, an MFA from the University of Mississippi, and an M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A former John and Renee Grisham fellow, he teaches poetry, fiction, and multi-genre workshops. Recent poems have appeared in The Poetry Distillery, The Museum of Americana, and The Midwest Quarterly. He is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Ohio University, and now lives in Tampa, Florida.