Beguiled & Bewildered: A Generative Poetry Workshop

Beguiled & Bewildered: A Generative Poetry Workshop


In her essay, “Bewilderment,” poet and writer Fanny Howe crafts an essay that is equal parts beguiling and bewildering. In it, she positions bewilderment “as a way of entering the day as much as the work.” Through close engagement with this essay and example poems that beguile and bewilder, we will examine what it means to write bewildering poetry: how can we step outside our comfort zones to compose poems that confound and dazzle? What happens when we “lie down in mystery?”

Through reading, conversation, and generative writing exercises, we will enter “the roundness of dreaming” and draft new poems. In this class, you’ll be invited to push yourself as a writer, writing in ways that may feel unfamiliar or uncomfortable, but that will nurture your development as a writer and reader of poetry.

June 3-30, 2019

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Teaching Artist


Amie Whittemore

Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press) and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Virginia. Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.